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Youth Development

School of Social Work researchers are seeking to improve the lives of young people by obtaining a better understanding of the youth development process, and factors affecting their health and well-being in the their homes and communities.

Researchers in Youth Development

Lisa Albrecht

Associate Professor

Topics:
Gender & Sexuality, Social Justice


Michael Baizerman

Professor and Director, Youth Studies

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation, Policy


Colleen Fisher

Associate Professor

Topics:
Health disparities, HIV/AIDS, HIV prevention & treatment, Global health, Women's health


Saahoon Hong

Senior Minn-LInK Researcher, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Disability, Education Policy K-12, Evaluation, Mental Health, Social Services


Katie Johnston-Goodstar

Assistant Professor

Topics:
Social and political contexts of urban and Indigenous youth development, Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR), Youth and Media, Critical and Indigenous Pedagogies, History of youth work and social work in urban and Indigenous communities.


Linda Jones

Assistant Professor

Topics:
Ethics, Evaluation, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Policy


Elizabeth Keely Vandre

PACC Coordinator, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Intersection of disability and Child Welfare, Families and Children, Professional Education


Deborah Moore

Youth Work Learning Lab Director

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development


Kristine Piescher

Director of Research and Evaluation, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Topics:
Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy


Heidi Presslein

MSW, LICSW - Field Coordinator

Topics:
Filed Instruction, Clinical Supervision, International Social Work, Healing Strategies, Family Therapy, Youth Advocacy


Jerome Stein

Director, Learning Dreams

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Cooperative Engagement, Cooperative Learning


James Toole

Senior Fellow, School of Social Work

Topics:
Service Learning, Youth Development, Education Reform, Social Entrepreneurship, Program Development


Ross VeLure Roholt

Associate Professor

Topics:
Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation


Esther Wattenberg

Esther Wattenberg

Professor, Coordinator of Outreach, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, Associate, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

Topics:
Child Welfare, Family System, Immigration, Social Services