Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor
Dr. Bethany Lee leads evaluation efforts in current funded projects related to child welfare and child mental health. For the Center for Medicaid Services Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) multi-state collaborative, Dr. Lee serves as lead evaluator for Maryland’s implementation of care management entities and high fidelity wraparound for youth with mental health needs to promote their retention in family-based, community-based care. Additionally, Dr. Lee is an Investigator on a CMS-funded project to identify the common elements of placement prevention. Through this project, she is also leading a pilot study to assess the feasibility, applicability and acceptability of the common elements approach for public child welfare practitioners and trainees. The project involves training field instructors and MSW students in the common elements resources and methods. Dr. Lee has completed research projects related to assessing peer contagion in residential treatment centers for youth, helping youth transition from group settings to family care, and secondary data analysis to assess the evidence for group care interventions. Dr. Lee currently teaches coursework in research and data analysis for PhD students and child welfare research for MSW students.