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Waid

Jeffrey Waid

Assistant Professor
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 Maltreatment, Family-Based Interventions, Foster and Kinship Care, Prevention Science

Biography

My primary research interests are in the areas of child maltreatment prevention, family-based intervention programming, foster/kinship care, and adoption. My scholarship focuses primarily on the role of healthy family relationships in the development of favorable outcomes for children who are at risk of, or are currently experiencing maltreatment. My work has examined factors associated with foster care placement instability, the impacts of separation on child and family well-being, empirically-informed assessment strategies, and the potential of data to inform program and policy improvements.

My current projects examine the role of kin and siblings in promoting well-being, placement stability, and permanency for youth in foster care. I am the Principal Investigator for a multi-state and international program that provides short term, camp-based reunification for sibling separated by foster care, and an affiliate investigator for a now completed NIMH funded investigation into a sibling relationship enhancement intervention for youth in substitute care.

As a Title IV-E scholar and former family preservation and permanency caseworker, I am interested in leveraging the capacity of research and evaluation to support human service systems in their efforts to provide effective, family-focused services to children and families.

Selected Publications

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. 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.

  7. Waid, J. (2014). Sibling foster care, placement stability, and well-being: A theoretical and conceptual framework. Journal of Family Social Work, 17, 283-297.

Selected Presentations

  1. Waid, J. (2017). Positive youth development programs: A strategy to promote social development and social cohesion. International Consortium for Social Development. Zagreb, Croatia.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Jaramillo, J., McBeath, B., Kothari, B., Bank, L., & Waid, J. (2017). Mental health outcomes for youth in foster care placed with kin and siblings: An intersectional approach. Society for Social Work Research Annual Program Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

  6. Kothari, B., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., Bank, L., & Waid, J. (2017). Test of a sibling intervention for improving self-efficacy among youth in foster care. Society for Social Work Research Annual Program Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

  7. 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.

  8. Kothari, B., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., Waid, J., & Bank, L. (2016) Test of an intervention for improving sibling relationship quality among youth in foster care. Society for Social Work Research Annual Program Meeting. Washington, DC.

  9. Waid, J. (2015). Family dynamics in substitute care settings: Intervening to improve youth outcomes. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Denver, CO.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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