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I am a Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I teach classes on child abuse and neglect, child welfare policies and services, social policy, and program evaluation. My research focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the intersection of different social service systems in the lives of low-income families with children. I am currently working on a large-scale randomized control trial of an intervention to reduce child welfare system involvement by providing families with short-term economic support. My research expertise includes survey design, program evaluation, focus groups, use of government and nonprofit administrative data in research, and community engagement. I was recently inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the highest research recognition honor within the Social Work profession.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have served in several university leadership roles, including as Director and Associate Director of the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, Chair of the Social Welfare PhD Program, member of the Letters & Science Academic Planning Council, co-Principal Investigator of the Title IV-E Public Child Welfare Training Program, and Prinicipal Investigator for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Workforce Development System.

I am also the founder of Prof2Prof, the higher education ecosystem for sharing and finding resources related to teaching, research, administration and student mentoring and support.

Pronouns: She/Her

Institution Type 
4 or 4+ year College/University
Education / Degrees 
University of Chicago
Social Welfare
University of Chicago
Social Work
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Institutional Affiliations 
InstitutionDepartmentTitleWebsitesCurrent Appointment
Social Work
Institute for Research on Poverty