Nancy Rolock (she|her|hers) is an Associate Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She has conducted child welfare-related research since 1996. Dr. Rolock received her doctorate from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee prior to her appointment at Case Western. Dr. Rolock is committed to using intervention research and implementation science to build evidence-informed services and supports for children and families currently or previously involved in the child welfare system.
Dr. Rolock has directed research related to examining the long-term outcomes for children and youth who have exited foster care through adoption or guardianship (post-permanency research). Dr. Rolock is currently the Principal Investigator for a multi-year federally funded Understanding Post Adoption and Guardianship Instability for Children and Youth Who Exit Foster Care project. Through her collaboration with Research Triangle Institute International on this project, Dr. Rolock will conduct a rigorous exploration of family experiences and outcomes post legal finalization of adoption or guardianship. Dr. Rolock directed the research for the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation that worked in conjunction with eight jurisdictions across the country to implement and evaluate interventions aimed families who have adopted or taken guardianship of children previously in foster care. Understanding the risk and protective factors associated with the long-term stability of children, youth, parents and guardians is of utmost importance to the understanding of child and family well-being. Dr. Rolock seeks to illuminate these issues through her research.