Youth studies

School of Social Work researchers are seeking to deepen and enrich the understanding of youth work practice and practice education by studying the social, historical and political contexts of youth development.

Katie Johnston-Goodstar

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Associate Professor

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.

Ross VeLure Roholt

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Associate Professor

Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation

Ceema Samimi

Assistant Professor

Restorative and transformative justice; School-to-prison pipeline; Community-Engaged Research and CPAR/YPAR; Youth power, voice, and engagement; Anti-racist research; Critical race theory & racial justice; Youth homelessness; Educational equity; Nonprofit industrial complex

Jeffrey Waid

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Assistant Professor

Child Welfare, Positive Youth Development, Prevention Science, Intervention and Services Research

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare researcher

Kristine Piescher

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

Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy

Affiliated researcher

Jerome Stein

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Director, Learning Dreams

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

Youth Work Learning Lab researcher

Deborah Moore

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Youth Work Learning Lab Director

Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development