D'Elbert and Selma Keenan Professor of Social Work
Professor Schinke works in the field of health behavior among adolescents, particularly youths from disadvantaged backgrounds. Specifically, he analyzes risk factors associated with various adverse health behaviors and develops and tests prevention programs to reduce those risk factors and promote healthier lives. Over the years, he has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials to evaluate various prevention and health promotion programs. Currently, with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), he is studying the effects of a computer-based intervention program, called Vamos, on reducing drug abuse among Hispanic adolescents. The research entails working with a smartphone app developer and Columbia Technology Ventures, with the ultimate goal of marketing an evidence-based prevention program to schools and other youth-services organizations throughout the United States.
Professor Schinke has a long-held interest in social enterprise administration. When he first came to New York City, he enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Columbia Business School, where he learned the management, marketing, and entrepreneurial skills that would assist with promoting his applied research agenda. Leaving the MBA program to start his own business, Dr. Schinke built a successful startup that aimed to advance scientific interests in a for-profit environment. He also launched a nonprofit enterprise, which was later spun off.
Professor Schinke received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, which he attended after serving in the United States Air Force. He began his career in social work as a psychiatric social worker at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. After that he served as Director of Social Services at what is now the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has reported findings from his research in academic journals and book chapters.