Lindsey Bullinger

School of Public Policy
Assistant Professor
Statement of Expertise
Researcher focusing on the impact of social policy on the wellbeing of children and families

Nearly 40 percent of all children are alleged to be victims of abuse or neglect, and neglect and fatalities from abuse are not declining over time. Evidence on interventions that aim to reduce primary prevention of child maltreatment is disappointing. Why is this? Maybe we have been looking in the wrong places.

Areas of Expertise

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Health Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Social Policy


Bullinger is focused on understanding how social policy such as the Affordable Care Act, paid family leave, and employment and minimum wage laws affect the health and well-being of children, their mothers, and families overall. She is particularly interested in understanding how social policy impacts child maltreatment. Her work has been published in JAMA Pediatrics and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been cited by the New York Times, MarketWatch, Fast Company, and the BBC, among others. She also has worked as a co-investigator on grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

She can comment on stories related to child maltreatment, contraceptive policy, breastfeeding policy, and social/health policy more generally.


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