Advisor: Dr. Johanna Greeson
Fraud victimization and financial behaviors of current and former foster youth
Risk and resilience factors impacting transitions from foster care to adulthood
Adult functioning and life outcomes of foster care alumni
Independent Living services for youth in foster care
John Gyourko is a PhD in Social Welfare student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. A Virginia native, John earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech and his Master of Social Work degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received the 2020 MSW Student of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers (Virginia chapter).
Prior to joining SP2, John held multiple clinical and macro practice positions with public and private social service agencies. As a child welfare policy specialist with the Virginia Department of Social Services, he has administered credit monitoring, identity protection, and Independent Living programs for youth in foster care. John’s research interests focus on public policy, service delivery, and life outcomes for children and youth in foster care.