Alyssa Liehr is a research analyst in the child welfare program area at Child Trends. Alyssa’s interests include the experiences of older youth in foster care, youth missing from care, the screening and training of foster parents, and prevention initiatives.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Alyssa performed program management and evaluation duties at the Newcomb Institute within Tulane University, while pursuing an MPA/MSW. She also received a BS in Neuroscience and Public Health with a childhood trauma focus from Tulane University. During this time, she served as a research consultant for a small, child protection focused, non-profit and has been very active in child welfare policy analysis and advocacy efforts relating to the experiences of older youth in foster care. Alyssa is passionate about evidence-based policy facilitating a more equitable and trauma-informed child welfare system.