Kenneth Steinman

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Human Sciences

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After completing his PhD, Kenneth Steinman served on the faculty of the Ohio State University’s College of Public Health for 11 years, publishing numerous articles, teaching hundreds of graduate students and chairing 3 dissertations.  His scholarly work initially centered on religiosity and adolescent risk behavior.  More recently, his focus shifted to health policy and its intersection with family violence – especially child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse.

Today, Steinman’s projects focus mostly on Ohio, such as an assessment of Ohio’s adult protective services system, evaluating programs to prevent child maltreatment in families who struggle with substance use, and how state efforts to expand Medicaid have helped Ohio residents. In this work, he has extensive experience employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Other roles include co-founding the Research Committee of the Ohio Elder Abuse Commission, co-directing the APS Administrative Initiative with the National Adult Protective Service Association, and serving on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey.


  • PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2000
  • MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 1994
  • AB, History (certificate in Environmental Studies), Dartmouth College, 1989

Research Interests

Research Summary

Adult Protective Services Research Project: For a landmark study of Ohio's APS system, I directed a team that surveyed 85 local APS programs across the state and analyzed case management data from over 20,000 reports in the Ohio Database for Adult Protective Services (ODAPS).  Our team reviewed findings with state and local officials and using them to strengthen the system’s quality assurance processes.

Evaluation of Positive Parenting Program:  I help evaluate statewide efforts to prevent child maltreatment through different modalities of the Triple P program.  This involves surveys of hundreds of participants, semi-structured interviews with program staff and participants, and linking participation data from Ohio’s child welfare data system (SACWIS).

Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey: I serve on the Executive Committee of OMAS, a series of very large (n>30,000) representative surveys of Ohio residents' health status and their experiences with health care and health insurance. My work involves helping design the survey instrument, advising data analysis, and serving as senior editor of research publications.  For the 2021 data, I am co-authoring policy papers on children’s health and adverse childhood experiences and plan to publish findings on how the association of loneliness with health status and care utilization.

Selected Grants

  • Evaluation Services for the Ohio Children Trust Fund’s Central Ohio Regional Prevention Council. Co-PIs: K.J. Steinman & Katie Maguire-Jack, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, 2018-2023
  • Adult Protective Services Program Research Project. PI: K.J. Steinman; Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, 2020-2021
  • How Can Ohio Best Meet the Needs of its Crime Victims? PI: Deanna Wilkinson, Co-I: K.J. Steinman; Ohio Attorney General, 2017
  • Evaluating Domestic Violence Informed Policies and Practices. PIs: K.J. Steinman, Sheri Chaney Jones; District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, 2015-16
  • Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project. PI: Tim Sahr; Co-I: K.J. Steinman, HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, 2007-10; 2014-15
  • Evaluation of the Ohio Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative’s Safe & Together Training. PIs: K.J. Steinman, Sheri Chaney Jones, National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, 2012-14.
  • How Does Health Insurance Buffer the Effects of Intimate Partner Violence in Ohio? PI: K.J. Steinman.  Ohio Department of Medicaid, 2010-11
  • Domestic Violence among Medicaid and Uninsured Populations in Ohio. PI: K.J. Steinman.  Ohio Department of Medicaid, 2008-09
  • Health behavior among religiously active African-American youth. PI: K.J. Steinman Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003-2008

Selected Publications

  1. Steinman, K. J., & Anetzberger, G. J. (2022). Measuring the diverse characteristics of county adult protective services programs. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 34(3), 153–173.

  2. Maguire-Jack, K., Steinman, K.J., Lesnick, J., Solomon, A., West, K., Roush, K., Zimpfer, K., & Cunningham, N.  (2022).  Implementing Triple P with families at risk for substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 129, [e-pub before print].
  3. Steinman, K. J., Liu, P. J., Anetzberger, G., Pettey Rockwood, A., Teferra, A., & Ejaz, F. K. (2022). Using administrative data from adult protective services: opportunities and considerations. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 34(1), 77–92. 

  4. Steinman, K.J., Price-Spratlen, T. & Browning, C.  (2020).  Perceived racial discrimination and the health of Black youth in Ohio.  Ohio Journal of Public Health, 3(3): 6-10.  

  5. Maguire-Jack, K., Negash, T.E., Steinman, K.J.  (2018). Child maltreatment prevention strategies and needs.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(11): 3572-3584.  

  6. Yotebieng, K.A., Steinman, K.J., Phelps, L., Schoeppner, S. & Wilkinson, D. (2018).  It takes more than translating a flier: Considerations in serving immigrants as victims of crime in a large Midwestern city.  Border Crossing, 8(1): 12-29. 

  7. Steinman, K. (2016).  Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide in Ohio. Columbus, OH: Ohio Department of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention Program. 

  8. Steinman, K. J., Shoben, A. B., Dembe, A. E., & Kelleher, K. J. (2015). How Long Do Adolescents Wait for Psychiatry Appointments? Community Mental Health Journal, 51(7), 782–789. 

  9. Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project (2015). Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation by Family Members: Policy Considerations for Ohio. Columbus, OH: Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center. 

  10. Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project (2015). Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Ohio: Policy Considerations. Columbus, OH: Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center. 

  11. Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project. (2014). The Scope of Family Violence in Ohio [online database]. 

  12. Steinman, K.J. & Hade, E.M.  (2011). How does health insurance buffer the consequences of intimate partner violence in Ohio?  Columbus, OH: Ohio Family Health Survey, Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center. 

  13. Steinman K.J. & Bonomi A.E.  (2009).  Intimate Partner Violence, Health Outcomes and Care Utilization among Medicaid and Uninsured Populations in Ohio.  Columbus, OH: Ohio Family Health Survey. 

  14. Health Policy Institute of Ohio. (2008).  White Paper on Improving Family Violence Prevention in Ohio.  Columbus, OH: Health Policy Institute of Ohio. 

  15. Steinman, K.J.  & Bambakidis, A. (2008).  Faith-health collaboration in the United States:  Results from a nationally representative study.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 22:256-263. 

  16. Steinman, K.J., Ferketich, A.K. & Sahr T. (2008).  The dose-response relationship of adolescent religious activity and substance use: Variation across demographic groups.  Health Education & Behavior, 35(1): 22-43. 

  17. Steinman, K.J. Wright, V.L.,* Cooksey, E., Myers, L.J., Price-Spratlen, T. & Ryles R. (2005).  Collaborative research in a faith-based setting: Columbus Congregations for Healthy Youth. Public Health Reports, 120,213-216. 

  18. Steinman, K.J. & Zimmerman, M.A. (2004).  Religious activity and risk behavior among African-American adolescents: Concurrent and developmental effects.  American Journal of Community Psychology.  33(3/4):151-161.