As a behavioral scientist and mixed methods researcher, the primary focus of Dr. Julia Fleckman's work is the promotion of healthy families through the prevention of violence. Dr. Fleckman’s experience has been focused in the field of violence prevention for the past 10 years through research and community-based programming. Her current emphasis is on the primary prevention of childhood exposure to violence. Much of her work contributes to better understanding the role of social norms, social supports, and neighborhood processes that influence parenting behaviors, and how these factors can be influenced to improve parent/child well-being and reduce risk for child maltreatment. She is actively involved in collaboration with local and national community-based organizations and advocacy organizations. Prior to joining as Research Faculty as part of the Tulane Violence Prevention Institute , Dr. Fleckman completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.