Sarah Mountz

Sarah Mountz

Child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth: LGBTQ youth and families; feminist, qualitative and community based partipatory (CBPR) research methods; critical pedagogy and social justice in social work education.

The World Within Reach
Sarah E Mountz
Assistant Professor
 

School of Social Welfare

Address:
Richardson Hall 209
Phone:
518-442-3824

 

Introduction

Sarah Mountz’ research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and among homeless youth populations. Her most recent research project, From Our Perspectives, used a community based participatory research (CBPR) framework to look at the experiences of LGBTQ former foster youth in Los Angeles County through qualitative interviewing and photovoice methods. Participants’ photos were featured in a traveling art installation that participants helped curate, as well as on an interactive website, and in a mini-documentary series.

Mountz' previous research used life history interviewing to explore the experiences of queer, transgender and gender expansive young people in girls’ juvenile justice facilities in New York State with attention to how the intersection of gender identity and sexual orientation, age, race and ethnicity informed their trajectories into and out of the juvenile justice system. She is particularly interested in LGBTQ and other youth activism and organizing.

Education

B.A. (2000) Smith College
M.S.S.W. (2003) Columbia University
Ph.D. (2012) University of Washington

Research Interests

Child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth; LGBTQ youth and families; feminist, qualitative and community based participatory (CBPR) research methods; critical pedagogy and social justice in social work education.

Publications

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Mountz, S., Capous-Desyllas, M. and Pourciau, E. (In Press). “Because we’re fighting to be ourselves:” voices from transgender and gender expansive former foster youth.” Child Welfare.

Mountz, S. (2016). That’s the sound of the police: state sanctioned violence and resistance among LGBTQ young adults previously incarcerated in girls’ juvenile justice facilities. Affilia, 31, 3, 287.

Mountz, S. (2016). LGBTQ Youth and the juvenile justice system. Entry in the Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. Sage Press.

Hudson, K. and Mountz, S. (2016). Third space caucusing: borderland praxis in the social work classroom. Journal of Social Work Education, 52, 3, 379.

Mountz, S. (2014). Rethinking kinship: a strengths-based perspective on LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents. Journal of LGBTQ Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School, 4,77.

Higa, D., Hoppe, M. J., Lindhorst, T., Mincer, S., Beadnell, B., Morrison, D., Wells, E. A., Todd, A., Mountz, S. (2012). Negative and positive factors associated with the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Youth and Society, 46(5), 663.

Mountz, S. (2011). Revolving doors: LGBTQ youth at the interface of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Journal of LGBTQ Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School,1,29.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Mountz, S. (In press). Hearing embodied narrative: using the listening guide with LGBTQ girls. Arts Based and Anti-Oppressive Approaches to Research. Sage Press.

Ashley, W., Mountz, S. Lipscomb, A. (In Press) Title: A Toolkit for collaborative safety and treatment planning with transgender youth of color. The Therapists Notebook for Sexual and Gender Identity Diverse Clients. Harrington Park Press.