Mark Testa, Ph.D., M.A.

Professor, UNC School of Social Work · UNC at Chapel Hill

Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor

Foster Care Adoption Services Poverty Research Children's Aid

Lawrence Palinkas

Frances L. and Albert G. Feldman Endowed Professorship in Social Policy and Health · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Dr. Palinkas is an expert in the areas of preventive medicine, cross-cultural medicine and health services research

Disaster Mental Health Systems Juvenile Justice Child Welfare Cross-Cultural Anthropology Preventive Medicine

Elissa Madden

Associate Professor · Baylor University

Research: child welfare, foster care, adoption (public & private), child & family mental health, service learning in social work education

Service Learning Adoption Research Child and Family Services Foster Care and Adoptions Child Welfare

Sacha Klein

Associate Professor · Michigan State University

Sacha Klein is an expert on child welfare, child maltreatment prevention, effects of early care and education on parenting.

Educational Services Child Maltreatment Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare System Child Abuse Prevention

Loc Nguyen

Adjunct Associate Professor · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Loc Nguyen teaches in the Doctor of Social Work program in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Informatics Public Child Welfare

Dorian Traube

Associate Professor of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Dr. Traube focuses on the behavioral health of high-risk adolescents

Parent Education Telehealth Children’s Mental Health Infant Mental Health Home Visitation

Emily Putnam-Hornstein

Associate Professor of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Putnam-Hornstein’s research focuses on the application of epidemiological methods to improve the surveillance of child abuse and neglect

Child Abuse/Maltreatment Epidemiology Social Work Education Social Work Child Welfare

J. Donald Cohon, PhD

Distinguished Visiting Scholar - School of Leadership Studies · Fielding Graduate University

Designs community-based programs for disenfranchised groups

Community and organizational psychology Cross-cultural psychology Kinship Adaptation of refugee communities Intergenerational program design and implementation

Amanda Parriag

Principal · ParriagGroup

ParriagGroup| Amanda has 17 years experience as a researcher & consultant in Indigenous issues, education and health.

Qualitative Research Report Writing Program Evaluation Proposal Writing Quantitative Research

Devon Brooks

Associate Professor of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Research and practice interests include reduction and treatment of child maltreatment, with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities.

Child Welfare Risk Assessment Research Methodology Children & Families Human Behavior

Leslie Ellis-Lang

Managing Director of Child and Youth Services · CARF International

Leslie Ellis-Lang, MSEd, LMFT, is a leader in services for children and youth with emphasis in both child welfare and behavioral health.

Qualified Residential Treatment Programs Treatment foster care Gender diversity in children Child Welfare Family First Prevention Services Act

Dean Duncan, Ph.D., M.U.A.

Research Professor, UNC School of Social Work · UNC at Chapel Hill

Research Professor in the UNC-CH School of Social Work

Program Evaluation Management of Human Services Agencies Research Methods Community Collaboration The Achievement Gap

Bethany Berger, J.D.

Professor of Law · University of Connecticut

Professor of Law with a focus on federal Indian law and property law.

Legal History Property Law Tribal Law Litigation and Policy Federal Indian Law

Rebecca Rebbe

Assistant Professor of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

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child welfare practice linked administrative data

Lois Weithorn

Professor of Law, Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair · UC Hastings College of the Law

Contacts: weithorn@uchastings.edu / 415-565-4660 / Office 366-200

Bioethics and the Law Criminal Law Family Law Mental Health Law Social Science and Law

Philip Browning

Adjunct Assistant Professor · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Philip Browning retired as the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in January 2017.

Policy Government Public Policy

Janet Schneiderman

Chair of Nursing Research Associate Professor of Social Work Dept. of Nursing at the School of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Janet U. Schneiderman is an expert in factors influencing medical neglect of children in the child welfare system.

Nursing Weight Changes Among Children in Foster Care Factors Affecting Physical Health Problems Children & Familites Behavioral Health

Jan Nissly

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Jan Nissly's work is focused on disaster, stress and trauma, coping and workforce issues.

Employee Well-being Workforce Development Adult Mental Health Stress and Trauma Crisis Intervention

Stephen Patrick

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy · Vanderbilt University

Expert on opioid-exposed infants and mothers with opioid addiction.

Opioid abuse Opioid-dependent pregnant and parenting women Mothers with opioid addiction Women with substance-use disorder Opioid withdrawal

Monica Jolles

Assistant Professor of Social Work · USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Monica Perez Jolles examines access and implementation of innovative health delivery arrangements designed to address health disparities.

Behavioral Patient-Centered Care Complex Health Interventions’ Implementation Science Organization/Workplace Social Policy Patient-Centered Medical Home Care

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