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Social Work Research Center

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Marc Winokur, director of the Social Work Research Center, joined the School of Social Work faculty at Colorado State University (CSU) in fall 2004. Dr. Winokur received his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Research Methods and Program Evaluation from CSU. Dr. Winokur has 14 years of applied research experience in child welfare that has influenced policies, practices, and procedures at the international-, federal-, state-, and county-levels. Dr. Winokur has conducted randomized controlled trials on differential response and home visitation programs, and systematic reviews on kinship care and juvenile sexual offender treatment outcomes. Dr. Winokur also has conducted evaluations on foster care, adoption, family preservation services, child maltreatment prevention, child welfare caseworker retention, and family treatment drug courts. Additional research interests include family engagement practices, trauma-informed interventions, child well-being measures, and risk and safety assessment in child protective services.

Kristy Beachy-Quick is a senior level research associate with the Social Work Research Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago where she was an Irving B. Harris Fellow. She has 10 years of experience managing evaluation and applied research studies at the Social Work Research Center, the Erikson Institute in Chicago, and Omni Institute in Denver. Her work includes the evaluation of a statewide in-home parent education program for the Colorado Department of Human Services; a study of infant and toddler assessment in Head Start classrooms in Chicago; designing/implementing an evaluation training series for Boulder County nonprofits; heading a statewide evaluation capacity building project for Colorado Family Resource Centers. Kristy volunteers on the United Way of Larimer County’s Community Impact Committee and is an active board member for the Family Center/La Familia in Fort Collins.

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.

Luke McConnell is a research associate at the Social Work Research Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland-College Park. Prior to CSU, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C. where he managed data and assisted economists in conducting macroprudential analysis.

Rebecca Orsi is a research scientist with the Social Work Research Center. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Statistics and a PhD in Research Methodology, both from Colorado State University. At the Research Center, Becky has conducted data analyses for multiple large-scale evaluation projects in child welfare. She has also conducted and published a number of secondary data analyses. Her research interests include child welfare outcomes for special populations, such as adopted children or children with special health needs. As a methodologist, Becky actively collaborates on research projects with faculty members in the College of Health and Human Sciences and at other universities. Prior to her career in academia, Becky managed large scale implementation projects for a Fortune 500 company.