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Sara Betsinger
NameSara Betsinger
Title:Research Manager, Research Assistant Professor
Expertise:EBP Evaluation, DJS
Bio: Sara 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 she manages data collection and reporting activities related to evidence-based programs implemented with children, youth, and families in Maryland. She serves as the project coordinator for the Linking Information to eNhance Knowledge (LINKs) project, and she is leading the cost evaluation of Maryland’s IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project. Additionally, Dr. Betsinger serves as the Data Director 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 her work focused on youth in the juvenile justice system as well as youth who are co-involved in the child welfare system. She received both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, and she received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University. She is a member of Baltimore City’s Youth Justice & Equity Council.