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Laura Cuesta

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Rutgers University
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About Laura

Cuesta’s research interests include international approaches to child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and parental incarceration among disadvantaged families. She teaches social welfare policy in the social work graduate program at Rutgers University. 



"Families at the Intersection of the Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services Systems" (with Lawrence M. Berger, Maria Cancian, and and Jennifer Noyes). ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 665, no. 1 (2016): 171-194.

Uses unique longitudinal data from Wisconsin to show intergenerational and intragenerational overlap in the criminal justice and child protective services systems.

"Child Support Receipt: Does Context Matter? A Comparative Analysis of Colombia and the U.S." (with Daniel R. Meyer). Children and Youth Services Review 34, no. 9 (2012): 1876-1883.

Presents evidence that low rates of child support receipt may be a core issue across countries and, despite differences in economic development and child support policies, custodial mother families may face similar issues when it comes to receiving financial support from their children’s father.

"The Effect of Child Support on the Labor Supply of Custodial Mothers Participating in TANF" (with Maria Cancian). Children and Youth Services Review 54 (2015): 49-56.

Presents evidence that child support transfers do not reduce the labor supply of low-income custodial mothers receiving cash welfare.

"Household Debt and Adult Depressive Symptoms in the United States" (with Lawrence M. Berger and J. Michael Collins). Journal of Family and Economic Issues 37, no. 1 (2016): 42-57.

Shows how household debt affects the psychological well-being of Americans, with short term (unsecured) debt having the most negative impact on adult depressive symptoms.