Child Welfare Staff

Our staff have experience in many aspects of child welfare research including rigorous evaluation of practice and program models, analysis of state and local policy reform initiatives, and developing and analyzing indicators of child well-being.

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Karin Malm

Senior Program Area Director for Child Welfare and Senior Research Scientist
Education: M.S., Family Studies, University of Maryland

Karin Malm has over 20 years of experience conducting research and evaluation of child welfare programs, including adoption and kinship care, foster care, family preservation and support, child protective services and domestic violence collaborative efforts and nonresident father support and engagement.

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Jessica Dym Bartlett

Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University; M.S.W., Simmons School of Social Work

Jessica Dym Bartlett conducts applied research on child welfare, child trauma, and other early childhood adversities, with a focus on identifying individual, family, and contextual factors that contribute to resilience among young children and their families.

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Kerry DeVooght

Senior Research Scientist
Education: M.S.W., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kerry DeVooght works in the Child Welfare program area, and has years of experience leading and designing research to better understand child welfare policies and practices. She also has experience as a social worker in the child welfare system, where she worked with youth in foster care.

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Sharon Vandivere

Senior Research Scientist
Education: M.P.P., Georgetown University

Sharon Vandivere has conducted research on child welfare and child well-being in general. Other interests include adoption, poverty, and risk and resiliency factors. She has analyzed data from over a dozen nationally representative surveys focusing on child well-being, in addition to data extracted from multiple administrative data systems.

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David Crampton

Visiting Scholar
Education: Ph.D., Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan

David Crampton is as an associate professor of social work and associate director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Elizabeth Bringewatt

Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan

Elizabeth Bringewatt works in the Child Welfare program area. She has experience conducting qualitative research and program evaluations, with a focus on child welfare, children’s mental health, and youth perspectives. .

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Dana Dean Connelly

Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., University of Kentucky; M.S.S.W., University of Louisville

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Elizabeth Jordan

Research Scientist
Education: J.D., American University Washington College of Law

Elizabeth Jordan works in the Communications & Public Policy area on public policy issues. She is currently involved in projects related to early childhood education, child welfare, and adolescent health.

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Berenice Rushovich

Research Scientist
Education: M.S.W., Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago

Berenice Rushovich works in the Child Welfare research area. She has experience in program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research methods. Berenice’s research has focused on initiatives to enhance placement stability, permanency and well-being for youth in foster care.

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Sarah Catherine Williams

Research Scientist
Education: M.S.W., University of Georgia

Sarah Catherine Williams works in the Child Welfare program area, and has experience in program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and has conducted analyses and syntheses of qualitative data.

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Lacey Morris

Research Analyst
Education: M.S.W., Texas State University

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Kristina Rosinsky

Senior Research Analyst
Education: M.P.P., Georgetown University

Kristina Rosinsky works in the Child Welfare and Reproductive Health & Family Formation research areas at Child Trends. Her research interests include early childhood development, the prevention of unintended pregnancy, the prevention of abuse and neglect, interventions for maltreated children, and more.

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Garet Fryar

Senior Research Assistant
Education: B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Wake Forest University

Garet Fryar works in the child welfare program area. Her other research interests include homelessness, poverty, early childhood development, the prevention of abuse and neglect, and the effects of public policy.

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Esther Gross

Senior Research Assistant
Education: B.A., Mathematics and Sociology, University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Avis Thompson

Senior Project Assistant
Education: B.S., Biology, Johnson C. Smith University

Avis Thompson works in the Child Welfare area as a project assistant. In her undergraduate studies, Ms. Thompson studied at-risk teens and their sexual activity. She currently provides project support for the evaluation of several family finding programs around the country.

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