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Susan J. Wells
Professor Wells holds a joint appointment in Psychology and Social Work. Her work focuses on evidence based practice and cultural competence in child welfare practice and policy. She has a special interest in risk assessment and screening, decision-making, quality of services delivered, and promoting research-based practice. Dr. Wells’ work is used nationally and internationally to inform child welfare policy and practice. She has served as an expert consultant on a variety of national panels in the United States including, for example, the Child Trends advisory panel on establishing child well-being measures for child welfare services. In addition to consultation and presentations at national conferences, Dr. Wells has numerous publications in the field of child welfare, most recently focusing on issues of disproportionality, identifying and coping with human bias in decision making, and evidence-supported practice.