Consortium Members

Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D., Director, Department of Social Welfare, UCLA (See CV

Bio coming soon.



Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, Ph.D., School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas (See CV)

Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, Ph.D., M.S.W., is Associate Professor at The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Dr. Johnson-Motoyama has been involved in child welfare research, administration, and practice since 1994 and is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters on related topics. Dr. Johnson-Motoyama received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, Dr. Johnson-Motoyama was a faculty member at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare. Dr. Johnson-Motoyama scholarship focuses on community based approaches to child maltreatment prevention, racial and ethnic disparities in child welfare, and maternal and infant health, with an emphasis on the Latino population. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund. 

Sacha Klein, Ph.D., School of Social Work, MIchigan State University (See CV)

Sacha Klein, M.S.W., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work, where she teaches courses in Child Welfare, Social Policy and Community & Organizational Leadership. Dr. Klein’s research interests focus on child abuse prevention and intervention with infants and young children; the early education & K-12 school experiences of children in the child welfare system; racial/ethnic disparities in child welfare system involvement; and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to measure social service access for vulnerable populations. She has twenty years of social work experience, which includes working with the U.S. Children’s Bureau and ACF Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation as a Society for Research in Child Development Policy Fellow, and also serving as the Policy Director for First 5 LA and as the Child Welfare Policy Director for the Association of Community Human Services Agencies (ACHSA) in Los Angeles County. She is a former Vivian Weinstein Child Advocacy Program Fellow and the author of several articles on child welfare and social service policy and practice issues, one of which earned her the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare’s 2003 Pro Humanitate Literary Award for “work which best exemplifies the intellectual integrity and moral courage required to transcend political and social barriers to promote best practice in the field of child welfare.”

Kathryn Maguire Jack, Ph.D., College of Social Work, Ohio State University (See CV)

Dr. Kathryn Maguire-Jack is currently an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University, College of Social Work.  Prior to joining the OSU faculty, Kathryn was a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty and was selected as a doctoral fellow with the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (Children’s Bureau, ACF, USDHHS) as well as the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Wellbeing (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation).  She has a BA in Social Welfare and Political Science (’05), MPA (’06), MSW (’09), and PhD (’13) from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.   Kathryn has experience as a fiscal analyst, working on the Wisconsin state budget at the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau and as a program and policy analyst at the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund.  Kathryn’s research interests include child maltreatment prevention, risk and protective factors for maltreatment, neighborhood research, and program evaluation.  She currently teaches courses on Needs Assessment, Prevention, and Evidence and Evaluation.

Jennifer Price-Wolf, Ph.D., Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

Jennifer Price Wolf, PhD, MSW, MPH is an Associate Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, CA.  Dr. Price Wolf is a graduate of the University of California Schools of Social Welfare and Public Health and a former NIAAA pre-doctoral fellow at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA. Dr. Price Wolf’s research has examined the role of neighborhoods, social relationships and substance abuse across the life course.  Currently, Dr. Price Wolf works with Dr. Freisthler on several projects examining relationships between the substance use environment, substance use contexts, social relationships, and outcomes for children and families.  She is additionally interested in examining gender-based differences in substance use and related behaviors, multi-level modeling, and mixed-methods research.


Student Members:

Nancy Kepple, MSW, Department of Social Welfare, UCLA (See CV)

Nancy Jo Kepple received her BA from Stanford University and her MSW from UCLA. She is currently a doctoral student in UCLA’s Department of Social Welfare. Her research focuses on how alcohol and drugs contribute to violent outcomes within communities and families, such as crime and child maltreatment. She is also interested in how these issues impact minority and low-income populations. Currently, Nancy is working on her dissertation which explores the impact of current and past caregiver substance use on child maltreatment behaviors using the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW) data.

Margaret Lloyd, M.S., School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas (See CV)

Margaret Lloyd is a graduate research assistant and third year doctoral student at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Margaret’s research and scholarship interests include the intersection of substance abuse, child well-being, and the legal system, with a specific focus on restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence.  Along with experience as a civil litigation paralegal, she has worked in a therapeutic setting with youth affected by familial substance issues, as well as adolescents and adults in recovery.  Margaret earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2008 and her MS in Psychology from Avila University in 2011. 

Wendy Wiegmann, MSW, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley (See CV)

Wendy Wiegmann is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and is the recipient of a predoctoral fellowship at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA.  Wendy received her MSW from UC Berkeley, with a concentration in public child welfare.  Wendy’s research interests are primarily concerned with substance abuse among parents involved with the child welfare system, the availability and efficacy of substance abuse treatments on child welfare outcomes, and measures of alcohol and drug abuse severity among parents.  Wendy is also interested in educational outcomes for youth in foster care, research methods training for child welfare workers, sibling relationships among children in the foster care system, and the impact of relationship quality between child welfare workers and their clients on child welfare outcomes.