John Paul Horn, PhD, MSW Faculty Profile

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John Paul  Horn, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Work

I focus on qualitative and mixed-methods research that advances the voices of care leavers (former foster youth) as they emerge into adulthood. I use positive youth development and capital development theories to demonstrate how youth thrive despite unaddressed systemic issues that contribute to negative outcomes in adulthood. I also examine how these systems perpetuate structural violence by reinforcing systemic oppression. My goal is to improve practice and policy by identifying institutional-level barriers that inhibit healthy development for youth.

  • PhD in Social Work, Boston University
  • MSW, University of Iowa
  • BA in Liberal Studies, California State University, Bakersfield
Fall Semester 2021
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
SW 60002Human Behavior in the SEM1:20PM3:50PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus
SW 60003Human Behavior in the SEW9:20AM11:50AMMI-3092Hayward Campus
SW 68901Community-Based Research in SWTU1:20PM3:50PMMI-3092Hayward Campus

Horn, J. P., Bruce, E. J., & Naccarato, T. (In press). Child welfare: An overview. Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work. Oxford University Press.

Spencer, R., Keller, T., Perry, M., Drew, A. L., Clark-Shim, H., Horn, J. P., Miranda–Diaz, M., & McCormack, M. (2021). How youth mentoring relationships end: A mixed-methods multi-informant study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 143(1), 67-79.

Horn, J. P. (2021, September). The impact of care leaver organizations on adult care leavers. Poster presented at the XVI Conference of the European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents, Zurich, Switzerland (Virtual).

Horn, J. P., Young, A., Conlin, M., Spencer, R., & Schwartz, S. E. O. (2021, April). Supporting college persistence of under-represented students through a social capital intervention. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Virtual.

Horn, J. P. (2021, January). “They got me where I needed to be…”: The evolution of supportive relationships for care leavers from transition to age 30. Paper presented at the Conference for the Society for Social Work and Research, Virtual. (G. Gowdy, Paper symposium Chairperson).

Horn, J. P. (2020, November). Life after foster care study: Lessons learned. Presented virtually as part of panel, Contributions of Research on Care Leaving- The Global Experience, at the 1st International Care Leavers Convention, New Delhi, India (Virtual).