Senior Researcher, JBS International, Inc.
Katelyn Blair, MSW, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher in Child Welfare at JBS International, Inc. She is responsible for the analysis of Child and Family Services Review data on child and family outcomes, yielding results on national and State performance and best practices in child welfare. Dr. Blair also contributes to the analysis of calculating Statewide Data Indicator Profiles for the Children’s Bureau. She provides support in the analysis of estimates of improper payments and state and national error rates for the IV-E Foster Care Program.Previously, Dr. Blair worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Children’s Wisconsin as a research assistant and clinician where she designed and implemented studies that aided in the translation of evidence-based interventions into child welfare. She led efforts to examine distal system-level intervention outcomes, developed and validated a measure of early childhood resilience, and evaluated child welfare practice. She also delivered evidence-based interventions (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to children and families within the context of child welfare services to improve well-being and facilitate resilience. As a researcher-practitioner, Dr. Blair married her clinical work with data collection, analysis and management to help develop an applied, translational research and evaluation agenda that contributed to the implementation and dissemination of trauma-informed services to underserved families.
As an ICFW affiliate, Dr. Blair continues to collaborate with team members to promote the use of evidence-based interventions and resilience in child welfare research and practice.
Dr. Blair holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.