Advisor: Dr. Antonio Garcia
Dissertation: Child Welfare Caseworkers: A Pivotal Role in the Uptake of Evidence-Based Practices
Implementation of evidence-based practices in child welfare
Child welfare policy and practice
Child welfare reform
Christina DeNard is a fourth year PhD candidate. Her research interests include examining the implementation of evidence-based practices within child welfare agencies, child welfare reform, and child welfare policy and practice. She hopes her research will improve the quality of and access to services for children and families within the child welfare system. Prior to entering the PhD program, Christina worked as a success coach social worker at the Catawba County Department of Social Services, where she worked to stabilize permanent placements for children exiting foster care. Christina received her Master of Social Work and certification as a Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholar from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.