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Name: Sarah Cusworth Walker
Title:Research Assistant Professor
Phone:(206) 685-2197
Expertise:Systems of Care Implementation; Juvenile Justice Reform; Family Engagement; Gender-Responsive Programming; Juvenile Offender Risk & Mental Health Assessment; Cultural Enhancements of EBPs
Topics: Family Involvement and Leadership
Cultural & Linguistic Competence
State: Washington
Bio: Sarah Cusworth Walker, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy and the Co-Director of the Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California, completed her clinical residency at the West Los Angeles HealthCare Administration and a postdoctoral fellowship at UW in the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. Dr. Walker is currently the Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Justice grant to study, in collaboration with the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, the relationship between therapeutic skills acquisition, length of residential stay and community outcomes. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Eric Trupin on a MacArthur Foundation grant to implement state-level policy strategies to reduce the justice-involvement of youth with mental health disorders. Dr. Walker is also the Principal Investigator on a number of other studies to examine 1) The effectiveness of a community intervention for girls to prevent intimate partner violence; 2) A warrant prevention program focused on youth of color; 3) A King County prosecutor-diversion program to reduce offending; and 4) High quality mentoring programming. Previous projects include an evaluation of support groups for girls on probation, the development of a cultural adaptation toolkit for evidence-based practice, the development and evaluation of a cultural engagement training for mental health professionals, evaluation of a multi-state mental health training for juvenile justice staff, the development and testing of Juvenile Justice 101 and community-based participatory research with diverse communities. In addition to her work in juvenile justice, Dr. Walker also collaborates with other faculty in the staff in PBHJP on state projects with Children's Administration and the Department of Social and Health Services. Dr. Walker is the lead on developing a technical assistance strategy for working with community agencies on evaluating internal programs and adapting existing programs for fit local needs as part of House Bill 2536. She is also significantly involved in the development of a quality assurance strategy to track elements of fidelity across programs with Children's Administration.