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Academic Consultants

In each region, HFC partners with child welfare specialists who provide oversight and evaluation of HFC-funded programs.

Ramona Alaggia

Ramona Alaggia, PhD

University of Toronto

Dr. Alaggia is the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health, University of Toronto. Her work focuses on child abuse and gender based violence.

Marian Bussey

Marian Bussey, PhD

University of Denver

Dr. Bussey is a research consultant and adjunct social work faculty at the University of Denver. Her fields of interest are trauma, substance use and mental health.

Mary Collins

Mary Collins, PHD

Boston University School of Social Work

Dr. Collins is Associate Dean and Professor of Social Welfare Policy. Her research interests are youth in child welfare as they transition to adulthood.

Bart Grossman

Bart Grossman, PHD

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Grossman is Adjunct Professor Emeritus and served for 35 years as Director of Field Education at the School of Social Welfare. Interests: Child Welfare.


Kristine Hickle, PhD

University of Sussex

Dr. Hickle is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. Her research interests include child sexual exploitation, trafficking & trauma.

Julia Lance

Julie Lance, PhD

Cobb County School District

Dr. Lance is in direct practice as a School Social Worker. Her interests include advocacy with children and families and child abuse prevention.

Paddy O'Dea

Patrick O'Dea, MA

Trinity College Dublin

Paddy is an Assistant Professor in Social Work and the Fieldwork Coordinator at Trinity College. His interests include social work in criminal justice and education.

Tina Rzepnicki

Tina Rzepnicki, PHD

University of Chicago

Dr. Rzepnicki is the David & Mary Winton Green Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Her work focuses on improving child protection practice.

Agnes Tiwari

Agnes Tiwari, PhD

School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Tiwari is Professor & Head of the School of Nursing, University of Hong Kong. Her research focuses on family violence prevention & the impact of abuse.

Ovita Williams

Ovita Williams, LCSW-R

Columbia University

Ovita is the Associate Director of Field Education for Family, Youth and Children Services at Columbia University School of Social Work.

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