Ph.D., Social Work and Social Research, Portland State University
M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University
School of Social Work
1404 Gortner Hall
105 Peters Hall
Areas of Interest
Child Welfare, Positive Youth Development, Prevention Science, Intervention and Services Research
My primary research interests focus on promoting the well-being of at-risk children and families through the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention and intervention services for child maltreatment. I am particularly interested in the potential of novel programming formats to strengthen protection among children and families at risk of maltreatment and child welfare/foster care intervention, the protective potential of kin and sibling relationships, and the processes associated with adaptation and resilience following maltreatment exposure and child welfare/foster care intervention.
In addition to my role as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work I also maintain an Affiliated Faculty appointment with the Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health. I am the Principle Investigator for three active research projects which include (1) a multi-year observational study of Camp To Belong: an international, multi-site positive youth development program for sibling groups separated by foster care, (2) secondary analysis of integrated administrative data to identify factors associated with child maltreatment recurrence and foster care re-entry in Hennepin County, Minnesota and (3) an evaluation of MN ADOPT – HELP, a statewide phone-based advocacy and service coordination program for adoptive families experiencing mental and behavioral health difficulties during the post-adoption period.
My scientific training includes assisting with the implementation and dissemination of the Supporting Siblings in Foster Care study (R01MH085438: Lew Bank, PI), a three-county randomized controlled clinical trial testing a 12-session relationship enhancement intervention for sibling dyads in foster care. I am also a fellow with the National Institute of Mental Health's Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) training institute. Prior to my career in research, I worked as a child welfare case manager and family preservation interventionist. My clinical training includes the application of structural family therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing with child welfare invovled children and families.
As a former Title IV-E scholar and family preservation and permanency caseworker, I am interested in leveraging the potential of research and evaluation to support human service systems in their efforts to provide effective, family-focused services to children and families.
Kothari, B.H., Godlewski, B., McBeath, B., McGee, M., Waid, J., Lipscomb, S., & Bank, L. (2018). A longitudinal analysis of school discipline events among youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 117-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.07.017
Waid, J. & Alewine, E. (2018). An exploration of family challenges and service needs during the post-adoption period. Children and Youth Services Review, 91, 213-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.06.017
McBeath, B., Godlewski, B., Waid, J., Kothari, B., Blakeslee, J., Webb, S.J., Colangelo, F.E. & Bank, L. (2018). A methodology for visualizing and describing foster care placement pathways. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 12(1), 1-25. DOI 10.1080/15548732.2017.1422844
Tanana, M., Vanderloo, M., & Waid, J. (2018). Harnessing the potential of child welfare data with dynamic visualization methodologies. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 81- 90. DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.015
Wojciak, A., McWey, L., & Waid, J. (2018). Sibling relationships of youth in foster care: A predictor of resilience. Children and Youth Services Review, 84, 247-254. DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.11.030
Waid. J., Kothari, B., McBeath, B., & Bank, L. (2017). Foster home integration as a temporal indicator of relational well-being. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 137-145. DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.036
Waid, J. & Wojckiak, A..S. (2017) Evaluation of a multi-site program designed to strengthen relational bonds for siblings separated by foster care. Evaluation and Program Planning, 64, 69-77. DOI 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.05.006
Kothari, B., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., Bank, L., Waid, J., Webb, S.J., & Steele, J. (2017). An intervention to improve sibling relationship quality among youth in foster care: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Child Abuse & Neglect, 63, 19-29. DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.11.010
Kothari, B., McBeath, B., Bank, L., Sorenson, P., Waid, J., & Webb, S. (2016). Validation of a measure of foster home integration for foster youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-11. DOI 10.1177/1049731516675033
Waid, J., Kothari, B., Bank, L., & McBeath, B. (2016). Foster care placement change: The role of family dynamics and household composition. Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 44-50. DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.06.024
Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Lamson-Siu, E., Webb, S.J., Sorenson, P., Bowen, H., Waid, J., & Bank, L. (2014). Development and feasibility of a sibling intervention for youth in foster care. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, 47, 91-99. DOI 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.08.006
McBeath, B., Kothari, B., Blakeslee, J., Lamson-Siu, E., Bank, L., Linares, L.O., Waid, J., Sorenson, P., Jimenez, J., Pearson, E., & Shlonsky, A. (2014). Intervening to improve outcomes for siblings in foster care: Conceptual, substantive, and methodological dimensions of a prevention science framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 1-10. DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.12.004
Waid, J. (2014). Sibling foster care, placement stability, and well-being: A theoretical and conceptual framework. Journal of Family Social Work, 17, 283-297. DOI 10.1080/10522158.2014.885474
Waid, J. (2018). Uncovering the protective potential of sibling relationships for youth in foster care. Social Work, Education, and Social Development. Dublin, Ireland.
Waid, J. (2018). An exploration of family challenges and service needs during the post-adoption period. Social Work, Education, and Social Development. Dublin, Ireland.
Waid, J. (2018). Simulated assessments as a learning tool in graduate social work education. Social Work, Education, and Social Development. Dublin, Ireland.
Waid, J. (2017). Positive youth development programs: A strategy to promote social development and social cohesion. International Consortium for Social Development. Zagreb, Croatia.
Waid, J., Kothari, B., McBeath, B.M., & Bank, L. (2017). Youth integration in foster home settings as an indicator of temporal well-being. Society for Prevention Research. Washington, D.C.
Waid, J. (2017). Evaluation of a multi-site program designed to strengthen relational bonds for siblings separated by foster care. Society for Social Work Research Annual Program Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
Waid, J., Kothari, B., McBeath, B., & Bank, L. (2017). Youth integration in foster home settings: A growth curve analysis. Society for Social Work Research Annual Program Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
Waid, J., +Normand, K., & O’Dell, K. (2016). Bridging the gap: An integrative approach to child welfare training evaluation. National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium. Berkeley, CA.
Waid, J. (2015). Family dynamics in substitute care settings: Intervening to improve youth outcomes. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO.
Waid, J., Sorenson, P., Kothari, B., Bank, L., & McBeath, B. (2014). The role of family characteristics and interactive processes on the frequency of foster care placement disruption. Society for Social Work Research Annual Program Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
Waid, J. (2014) Evaluating the impact of Title IV-E funded social work education on the recruitment, retention, and performance of program graduates in their organizations. Title IV-E Roundtable. Galveston, TX.
Waid, J. & Bank, L. (2013) A proposed theoretical framework for understanding placement stability and family integration of siblings in foster care. Society for Prevention Research