Rebeccah Sokol

Rebeccah Sokol

Assistant Professor

 Expert in child trauma, child welfare, and social determinants of health

Rebeccah Sokol


Rebeccah Sokol, PhD, MSPH, is a behavioral scientist who studies youth exposure to adversity. A developmental lens and public health framework inform her work, whereby she considers trauma and violence prevention at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.

Sokol holds expertise in longitudinal and latent variable data analysis and developmental science. She applies these techniques to identifying changeable factors that can improve the health and well-being of children who have faced early adversity, specifically children involved in the child welfare system. An overarching goal of Sokol’s work is to apply findings from violence prevention research and developmental science to prevent early trauma exposure and foster positive youth physical and mental health outcomes following adversity.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • Postdoctoral Training, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • MSPH, Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • BS, Central Michigan University

Teaching Interests

  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Traumatic Stress
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Public Health

Areas of Expertise


  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Child Trauma
  • Child Welfare
  • Children and Families
  • Development Science
  • Violence Prevention


  • Longitudinal Developmental Research
  • Latent Variable Analysis
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Systematic Reviews

Recent Publications

Sokol R, Li J, Victor B, Miller A, Ryan J, & Perron B (in press). Impact of Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)-informed service planning on child well-being outcomes: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review.

Sokol R, Carter P, Goldstick G, Miller A, Walton M, Zimmerman M, & Cunningham R (2020). Within-person variability in firearm carriage among high-risk youth. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Sokol R, Perron B, Rosenblum K, Muzik M, Zimmerman M, & Miller A (2020). Developmental differences in the association of peer relationships with traumatic stress symptoms. Prevention Science.

Sokol R, Austin A, Chandler C, Byrum E, Bousquette J, Lancaster C, Doss G, Dotson, A, Urbaeva V, Singichetti B, Brevard K, Wright S, Lanier P, and Shanahan M (2019). Screening children for social determinants of health: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 144(4).

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