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David Altschuler, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (Primary)
  • Mental Health (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 363
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



PhD, University of Chicago, 1983
MA, University of Chicago, 1975


Dr. Altschuler is a Principal Research Scientist at The Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy, an Adjunct Associate Professor in Sociology, and he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mental Health of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Dr. Altschuler has a doctorate in social service administration and a master's degree in urban studies from The University of Chicago.  His work focuses on juvenile crime and justice system sanctioning, juvenile aftercare and parole, offender reentry, privatization in juvenile corrections, and drug involvement and crime among inner-city youth.

Dr. Altschuler and a colleague started the Juvenile Reintegration and Aftercare Center (JRAC) in the early 1990s. He was Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator on an Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention funded project, which developed a model of intensive aftercare for high-risk juvenile parolees being released from secure correctional facilities. Demonstration programs based on the model were established in four states: Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey and Virginia. Dr. Altschuler has been providing technical assistance on transition and aftercare to other federally funded initiatives, as well as numerous state and local agencies. In addition to his teaching, he is engaged in several evaluation and program development projects.

Dr. Altschuler travels extensively, consulting with public and private juvenile justice officials, state legislators, direct service practitioners and researchers.

Dr. Altschuler's work focuses on juvenile crime and justice system sanctioning; juvenile reentry, aftercare and parole; community-based correctional program development, implementation and assessment; and drug involvement and crime among inner-city adolescents. Dr. Altschuler's overall objective is to contribute to the state of knowledge regarding the efficacy of community-based approaches and reintegration strategies focused on adolescents involved in corrections.

Honors and Awards

Eighth Annual Dr. Ephraim T. Lisansky Lecture, March 18, 2002: School of Social Work, University of Maryland

  • Delinquency Youth Crime Juvenile Justice Juvenile Corrections Community-based Sanctions Reintegration Aftercare Reentry Parole