Dr. Andrew Winters
Andrew M. Winters, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Kent School of Social Work. He received his MSW at the University of Cincinnati, and his PhD at the University of Maryland. Dr. Winters has 17 years of practice experience and 13 years of academic teaching experience and brings a direct application of practice to his social work research and teaching.
His research trajectory developed from his practice experience. He worked with marginalized and diverse populations for most of his practice career, and from a micro level saw gaps with regard to service delivery. His research questions focus 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 has worked on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health evaluating an evidenced-based intervention provided to families who were part of the child welfare system, the Annie E. Casey Foundation evaluating the effectiveness of an emerging best-practice community-based intensive in-home service provided to youth in the juvenile justice system, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention evaluating the implementation of a sanctions and rewards system for justice-involved youth in the State of Maryland.
Core components of Dr. Winters teaching philosophy include encouraging students to evaluate their opinions on sensitive topics, acknowledging diverse learning styles, and fostering intellectual curiosity. He promotes diversity and social justice through his research in exploring services for youth who are disproportionately represented in child serving systems, through classroom instruction by creating a safe space for students to share ideas, and through service by contributing to school, university, and community efforts to create an anti-oppressive environment.