Catherine K. Lawrence is Assistant Professor at the University Of Albany School Of Social Welfare and Deputy Director of the New York State Social Work Education Consortium. Her scholarship focuses on public human services and the implementation of social welfare policies and programs. This work encompasses the complex mix of factors in play between the passage of a federal law and a person seeking services and assistance. To date, her research has focused on two program areas: cash assistance and child welfare.
Dr. Lawrence has worked with federal, state and local research projects that strive to both understand and support child welfare practice and the professional child welfare workforce. She is a co-principle investigator of two federal research grants that study the child welfare workforce. This research includes: investigating the impact of family-centered cultural competence training; exploring the capacity of public child welfare agencies to implement organizational changes that address workforce retention; and research on an organizational intervention to implement sustainable organizational change to support workforce needs.
Through her role as a researcher, Dr. Lawrence works to bring information on research and implementation to localities and organizations to improve both child welfare practice and workforce support. This is a key area for the social work professional and social work educators. Her scholarship on policy implementation and workforce has been published in Social Service Review, Child Welfare, Children and Youth Services Review and the Journal of Public Child Welfare.