Dr. Crystal Collins-Camargo

Professor, Associate Dean for Research

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As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Collins-Camargo is responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and maintain research and scholarship at the Kent School. This includes mentoring junior faculty and supporting an environment that promotes faculty research.  

Her own research focuses primarily on organizational interventions to promote outcome achievement in child welfare. Current and recent sponsored studies include examining the use of research evidence to promote outcome achievement in private child welfare, interventions to promote permanency for children in out-of-home care, and implementing standardized screening and assessment for behavioral health and trauma among children in out-of-home care to guide the use of evidence-based treatments to promote their well-being. She was formerly the director of the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services, a knowledge development initiative that involved multi-site research assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of provision of child welfare services by private organizations, and the nature of the public/private partnership required in such an approach.  She also directed the Southern Regional Quality Improvement Center for Child Protection, which worked in a ten-state region to promote knowledge development through research and demonstration projects focusing on the impact of clinical supervision on agency and client outcomes in child welfare. She has been principal investigator for several studies regarding the Kentucky court system’s effectiveness in responding to abused and neglected children and their families.

Crystal Collins-Camargo teaches macro theory and social policy at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and conducts research in the areas of child welfare, evidence-informed practice, and organizational interventions and management.  She was formerly clinical assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and was engaged in a variety of grant-funded research, education and service projects in child welfare.  Through this work she provided oversight to a number of evaluations related to the College’s service and outreach programs and mentored doctoral and master’s students in research and evaluation projects designed to influence public policy and frontline practice. Before coming to academia, she was formerly program director for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, and worked in the public child protection system as a worker, supervisor and statewide specialist.