Areas of Expertise
- Children, Youth and Families
- Program Evaluation
- Leadership and Management
- Race & Policy
- Social Welfare
- Qualitative Research Methods
Dr. Weissinger teaches at Mills College and at the Goldman School of Public Policy. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley’s school of social welfare. There, she helped create a qualitative database documenting the lives of children in foster care.
Dr. Weissinger received her PhD in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley in 2013. Her dissertation examines reasons for attrition among foster care adoption seekers. She formerly served as data and research manager at JBS International, where she oversaw data collection and analysis for the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) conducted by the Children’s Bureau.
From 2000 to 2005, she worked for the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency as part of a team that helped the Agency emerge from court receivership.
She received her Masters in Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She is the board treasurer for Waterside Workshops, a local non-profit that provides vocational education to young people emerging from foster care and the juvenile justice system.
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Using qualitative data-mining methods, this study analyzed 39 child welfare case records in order to identify examples of skillful practice. Conducted in partnership with a public child welfare agency in northern California, the study found that child welfare workers are implementing many of the practices promoted by statewide and national child welfare practice frameworks. Broad categories of skillful practice identified included: (1) effective communication by social workers, (2) support for client self-determination, and (3) active intervention strategies. Study findings provide support for incorporating case record review processes in training and supervision in order to integrate practice-based expertise with research-based evidence.
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Articles and Op-Eds
Chronicle of Social Change, April 27, 2016