Jen Winston is a senior research analyst for Black and Indigenous children and families. Housed in the Office of the President, Jen assists in achieving the Impact Plan’s goals for deepening and expanding applied research on Black and Indigenous children and families to promote their well-being. Her research interests include racial and ethnic equity, social and emotional development of school-aged children, and family studies.
With over six years of research and evaluation experience, Jen is skilled in quantitative and qualitative data methodologies, written and oral communication, and project management. She has been involved in a variety of grants, ranging from applying an asset-based approach to child development and mental well-being to delving into community-based behavioral health systems. Before joining Child Trends, Jen served as public health advisor with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she supported grantees in their efforts to promote mental health literacy and community healing after exposure to collective trauma.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Florida State University and a Master of Public Health in public health education from the University of South Florida. She also holds a graduate certificate in translational research in Adolescent Behavioral Health, which aims to bridge the gap between research and practice through implementation science.