College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Families & children

School of Social Work researchers are seeking to improve the lives of families and children by obtaining a better understanding of factors that contribute to the health and well-being of families within their home, communities, and the broader environment.

Priscilla Gibson Priscilla Gibson

  • Professor; Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • 612-624-3678
  • pgibson@umn.edu

Cultural Competence, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Justice

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Wendy Haight Wendy Haight

  • Professor and Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy
  • 612-624-4721
  • whaight@umn.edu

Child Welfare, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Social Services, Substance Abuse

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Katie Johnston-Goodstar Katie Johnston-Goodstar

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.

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Lynette Renner Lynette Renner

  • Professor; Director of the PhD Program; Director of Graduate Studies
  • she, her, hers
  • 612-624-8795
  • renn0042@umn.edu

Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, Family Based Interventions, Mental and Behavioral Health, Youth Development

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Patricia Shannon Patricia Shannon

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Evaluation, Immigration, Intervention Science, Loss and Trauma, Mental Health

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Ross VeLure Roholt Ross VeLure Roholt

  • Associate Professor and Director, Youth Development Leadership Program
  • he, him, his
  • 612-624-8785
  • rossvr@umn.edu

Community Engagement, Counseling, Mental Health, Adolescents/Youth, Community Engagement, Evaluation

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Oliver Williams Oliver Williams

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Cultural Competence, Family Violence, Social Services, Specific Cultures (African American)

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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare researchers

Traci LaLiberte Traci LaLiberte

  • Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
  • 612-624-2279
  • lali0017@umn.edu

Child Welfare, Disability, Evaluation, Policy, Systems Change

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Youth Work Learning Lab researcher

Deborah Moore Deborah Moore

Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development

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Affiliated researchers

Stacy Remke Stacy Remke

Clinical Social Work, Healing Strategies, Child Welfare, Pediatric Palliative Care

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