Research Fellow, University of Chicago

Dr. Amy Dworsky is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on vulnerable youth populations–including youth aging out of foster care, youth experiencing homelessness, and youth in foster care who are pregnant or parenting–and the systems in which those youth are involved. Dworsky has experience using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, analyzing administrative data, and partnering with public and nonprofit agencies to conduct policy and practice relevant research. Dworsky is a nationally recognized expert on homelessness among young people who have experienced foster care. She was the PI on the HUD-funded study of housing options for youth aging out of foster care and a Co-investigator for Voices of Youth Count, a national research and policy initiative focused on youth homelessness in the U.S. She is currently working with Chicago’s Continuum of Care to improve the provision of services to youth experiencing homelessness, with colleagues at the Urban Institute on a study of how communities are using the Family Unification Program (FUP) – Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) demonstration to serve youth at risk for homelessness who were formerly in foster care, and with colleagues at Chapin Hall on a HUD funded study of how administrative data can used to estimate the prevalence of youth homelessness. Dworsky has a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Social Work from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.

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