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Helen Holmquist-Johnson, PhD, MSW

Helen Holmquist-Johnson Research Associate and
Social Work Research Center Assistant Director

Contact information

Behavioral Sciences Building A105
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-0888
helen.holmquist-johnson@colostate.edu

Areas of Interest

Program evaluation and research methods, child welfare practice and policy reform, child well-being and trauma assessment, kinship and foster care, human-animal bond

Bio

Helen Holmquist-Johnson currently holds the position of Research Associate and Assistant Director at the Social Work Research Center in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. Dr. Holmquist-Johnson’s educational background includes a Master’s of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies, with specialization in Social Work. She has coordinated evaluation and research studies for large federal and state funded projects including integrated services for mental health and substance abuse, and evaluation of trauma-focused interventions for children and adults. She is well-versed in standardized instruments used in mental health settings, specifically trauma assessment in diverse populations. Her expertise includes training clinicians to administer and use data gathered from family and individual assessments and using federal data reporting systems. Dr. Holmquist-Johnson has partnered with many federal agencies, private evaluation firms, and county and state child welfare departments to conduct program evaluations and performance measurement activities including cross-site evaluations.

Degree Information

Ph.D., May 2009, Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University
M.S.W., May 2001, Social Work, Colorado State University
B.A., May 1997, Psychology, University of Wyoming

Academic Appointments

August 1999 - present: Research Associate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 2002 - May 2012: Adjunct Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Current professional, academic, community-related, and scientific memberships

Colorado Evaluation Network, 2004 - present
American Evaluation Association, October 2003 - present

Professional presentations presented during the last 5 years

Holmquist-Johnson, H., & Orsi, R. (2015, January). Utilizing tools for effective child welfare practice: Accurate and efficient trauma screening in Colorado. San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, San Diego, CA.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., Murphy, J., Orsi, R., & Rosemond, P. (2014, November). Building on differential response: The Title IV-E waiver and evaluating on-going system change in Colorado. Ninth Annual Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare, Seattle, WA.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., & Orsi, R. (2014, October). Utilizing tools for effective child welfare practice: Accurate and efficient trauma screening in Colorado. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.

Winokur, M., & Holmquist-Johnson, H. (2014, October). Strengthening relationships and engaging stakeholders during system reform in child welfare: A process evaluation of the Colorado Consortium on Differential Response. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.

Winokur, M., Gabel, G., Drury, I., Crawford, G., Orsi, B., & Holmquist-Johnson, H. (2013, October). Does DR make a difference? Findings from an outcome, process, and cost evaluation of the Colorado Consortium on Differential Response. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare, Vail, CO.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., & Rizzolo, S. (November, 2011). An outcome evaluation of a family drug court model aimed at improving child well-being and permanency outcomes for children and families affected by methamphetamine or other substance abuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Anaheim, CA.

Selected Publications

Holmquist-Johnson, H. (2014). Using process evaluation to capture the diversity of Colorado, AEA 365 Online publication for the American Evaluation Association.

Cobb, R. B., Lipscomb, S., Wolgemuth, J., Schulte, T., Veliquette, A., Alwell, M., Bernard, R., Hernandez, P., Holmquist-Johnson, H., Orsi, R., Sample McMeeking, L., Wang, J., and Weinberg, A. (2012). Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review (NCEE 2013-4011). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.