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I am a Senior Scientist at RTI International, and Professor Emerita of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research focuses on child welfare systems (famillies involved or at risk for involvement, the workforce), prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the intersection of different social welfare systems in the lives of families and children. I have nearly 30 years of experience studying the intersection of poverty and both child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement, as well as the role of economic support in preventing both outcomes. I summarize decades of research on these topics in a recently published book chapter:

Slack, K.S., Grinnell-Davis, C., Sintim, D. & Ko, A. (2023).  Preventing child neglect with the U.S. social welfare safety net. In K. Briar-Lawson, L., P. Day, & L. Azzi-Lessing (Eds.). Child Neglect, Inequity, & Poverty, pp. 43-92.  Washington, D.C.: Child Welfare League of America. ISBN: 978-1-58760-255-9.

Described here, as well:

Other research interests include: operationalizing structural and systemic inequities in research; applying a strengths-based and trauma-informed lens to research; partnering with individuals with lived experiences in conducting research; inequitable effects of climate change; environmental issues.

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
Health of Populations
Senior Scientist
Social Work
Professor Emerita
Institute for Research on Poverty