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Joseph Ryan

Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab, Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, ISR

Dr. Ryan studies child maltreatment, foster care and the issues related to juvenile delinquency.  Dr. Ryan is the Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab an applied research center focused on using data to drive policy and practice decisions in social service agencies.  He is currently involved with several studies including a randomized clinical trial of recovery coaches for substance abusing parents in Illinois (AODA Demonstration) , a foster care placement prevention study for young children in Michigan (MI Family Demonstration), a Pay for Success (social impact bonds) study focused on high risk adolescents involved with the Illinois child welfare and juvenile justice system and a study of the educational experiences of poor and neglected youth in foster care (Kellogg Foundation Education and Equity).

Ph.D. University of Chicago; MSW University of Michigan; BA University of Massachusetts, Amherst