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Chris Lee, PhD, MSW

Research Scientist

Contact information

1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-1522
Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Child welfare, vulnerable youth transitions to adulthood, evidence-informed policy and practice, community-engaged research, mixed methodology


Chris Lee is a research scientist at the Social Work Research Center. She holds a PhD in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a MSW from SUNY Albany. Her research interests include child welfare policy and practice, vulnerable youth transitions to adulthood, translating research to policy and practice, and measurement in social research. Prior to joining CSU, Chris was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She also has several years’ experience working directly with young people involved in the foster care system, including as a childcare worker, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and mentor to college students with foster care experience. Chris has published several articles and reports, and presented numerous papers related to child welfare practice, training and education.

Degree Information

Ph.D., 2013, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
M.S.W., 2007, Social Welfare, State University of New York, Albany
B.A., 2000, English, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff