Research Assistant Professor
Aaron Betsinger is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) and research faculty at The Institute. Dr. Betsinger conducts research related to juvenile intake and detention for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), and he oversees evaluation activities for the U-TURNS, Maryland Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Learning Collaborative, and Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) projects. He is also leading cost evaluation efforts for Maryland’s IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project and for an evaluation of DJS' Accountability and Incentives Management (AIM) initiative. Additionally, Dr. Betsinger serves as a co-evaluator for the National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care. Prior to joining the Institute in July 2012, Dr. Betsinger served as a faculty researcher at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research (IGSR), where his work focused on youth in the juvenile justice system as well as youth who are co-involved in the child welfare system. He received both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University.