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. As a services researcher, Dr. Winters research agenda addresses two focal areas: Services for youth in child serving systems and the workforce delivering these services, exploring what works under certain circumstances. Dr. Winters research impacts practice through service access, and policy by drawing attention to ineffective system reactions.
Dr. Winters is part of two research teams disseminating findings from community-based studies conducted in child welfare and behavioral health. Project SAFESPACE, funded by the Children’s Bureau, implemented universal, standardized screening for trauma and behavioral health needs by child welfare workers upon entry into out-of-home care, standardized functional assessment and periodic measurement of progress by behavioral health providers, use of data from screening and assessment to inform treatment selection, and use of aggregate data on the organizational level for capacity building and service array reconfiguration. The second study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R21), utilized task-shifting strategies to implement a modified version of the 4Rs and 2Ss Strengthening Families Program (4R2S) to be delivered by child welfare caseworkers who were providing in-home services to child welfare involved families.
Dr. Winters is also part of two research teams actively engaged in community-based research. The Children’s Bureau Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) grant is dedicated to understanding how to improve child welfare workforce outcomes. The QIC-WD partnered with eight child welfare agencies to evaluate evidence-informed workforce interventions and how they are related to outcomes for children. Dr. Winters is part of the evaluation team for the Ohio site. 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.