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Member since: May 2018

I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. I earned my master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in children and families, from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I hold bachelor's degrees in both sociology and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests include father involvement and engagement among fathers with children involved in the child welfare system as well as impregnation and early fatherhood among young fathers in foster care. My current dissertation work includes a study of young Black fathers aging out of the foster care system. My research is informed by several years of practice experience in child welfare as a foster care caseworker in Chicago, Illinois. I am also a licensed clinical social worker serving child welfare involved fathers and fathers in foster care. In addition to fatherhood research and practice, I provide father-focused trainings to child welfare and family strengthening agencies around father involvement and engagement.

Institution Type 
4 or 4+ year College/University
Education / Degrees 
University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work
Social Work
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
William Rainey Harper College
General Studies
Institutional Affiliations 
InstitutionDepartmentTitleWebsitesCurrent Appointment
School of Social Service Administration
Doctoral Candidate