Dr. Andrew Winters
Services for system-involved youth, exploring what works, under which circumstances.
Dr. Winters research focuses attention on the relative effectiveness of different types of services provided through behavioral health, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems to children and adolescents involved in these systems. His overarching question is what works, under which circumstances. Dr. Winters research is grounded in equity and social justice. Equity issues within child serving systems are well known, with youth of color being disproportionately represented in child welfare and juvenile justice, but at times lacking equal access to publicly funded services. Dr. Winters research agenda addresses this problem by focusing attention on services for marginalized youth through identification of gaps in service delivery and trends with regard to effective services.
Currently, Dr. Winters is part of two research teams disseminating findings from studies conducted in child welfare. Project SAFESPACE, funded by a Children’s Bureau grant, is a collaborative study with child welfare, and the behavioral health community to address the behavioral health needs of youth who enter out-of-home care. The second study focuses on improving child behavior using task-shifting to implement Multiple Family Groups in a child welfare setting and delivered by child welfare workers, and was funded through an NIH R21 grant. Dr. Winters is the PI on a seed grant titled ‘The Louisville youth development workers needs assessment project’, which is exploring the challenges and needs of youth development workers, and will construct a theoretical framework for working with youth development workers. The Research team will utilize the data from this project to support a grant proposal to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Community Partnerships to Advance Research.