Dr. Amy Salazar, LMSW, Ph.D.

Faculty / Assistant Professor - Washington State University

Amy M. Salazar, LMSW, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Washington State University in the Department of Human Development, and a faculty member of the WSU Prevention Science doctoral program. She is a member of the evaluation team for the National Training and Development Initiative for Foster and Adoptive Parents. Her area of scholarly expertise involves understanding and improving the outcomes of children, youth, and families with or at risk of child welfare system involvement. Dr. Salazar has worked on a variety of federally- and foundation-funded foster care-related research and evaluation projects. She was principal investigator on a two-year developmental research grant funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and examine the feasibility of Fostering Higher Education, a manualized postsecondary access and retention intervention that addresses the critical transition needs of foster youth interested in pursuing higher education. Because of her expertise in the area of foster care and higher education, in December 2017 she was invited to testify at a briefing hosted by the United States Congress’ Congressional and Senate Caucuses on Foster Youth on recommendations for improving postsecondary supports for youth in care. She is project director for the Keeping Families Together Study, an evaluation of an adaptation of the Communities That Care evidence-based community mobilization model that addresses community prevention of child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement. In another project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she is working with colleagues to develop and test the usability of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Development: A Guide for Foster Caregivers, a curriculum module for improving the relationships between foster parents and their LGBTQ+ wards. She also served as a Casey Family Programs Doctoral Research Fellow to explore factors that impact college persistence as well as how foster care alumni college graduates are faring post-college compared to their general population counterparts, in addition to performing secondary analysis of data from the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth at Chapin Hall, University of Chicago to explore trauma, depression, and social support in youth leaving care.

Some recent publications include:

Salazar, A. M., McCowan, K., Cole, J., Skinner, M., Noell, B. +, Colito, J. M., Barkan, S. E., & Haggerty, K. P. (2018). Developing relationship building tools for foster families caring for teens who are LGBTQ2S. Child Welfare, 96(2), 75-97. Special issue on children and youth with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities/expression involved in child welfare and other public systems.

Salazar, A. M., Noell, B. +, Cole, J., Haggerty, K. P., & Roe, S. S. (2018). Incorporating self-determination into substance abuse prevention programming for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Child & Family Social Work, 23(2), 281-288. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12416.

Salazar, A. M., Jones, K. R., Amemiya, J., Cherry, A.+, Brown, E. C., Catalano, R. F., & Monahan, K. C. (2018). Defining and achieving permanency among older youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 87, 9-16.

Salazar, A. M., Haggerty, K. P., & Roe, S. S. (2016). Fostering Higher Education: A postsecondary access and retention intervention for youth with foster care experience. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 49-56. (PMC5036585)

Salazar, A. M., Roe, S. S., Ullrich, J. S., & Haggerty, K. P. (2016). Professional and youth perspectives on higher education-focused interventions for youth transitioning from foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 64, 23-34. (PMC4821474)

Salazar, A. M., Jones, K. R., Emerson, J. C., & Mucha, L. (2016). Postsecondary strengths, challenges, and supports experienced by foster care alumni college graduates. Journal of College Student Development, 57(3), 263-279.

Salazar, A. M., Haggerty, K. P., Catalano, R. F., de Haan, B., Vann, T., Vinson, J., & Lansing, M. (2016). Using Communities That Care for community child maltreatment prevention. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(2), 144-155.

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