New Breed of Social Work Researcher: Nancy Rolock Receives UWM Research Award

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Associate Professor Nancy Rolock, PhD, was awarded a University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) Foundation Senior Faculty Research Award. She was a UWM faculty member from 2013 to the summer of 2019, when she joined the faculty of the Mandel School.

Rolock is widely considered the leading scholar in the adoption and guardianship of foster children. She has played a leadership role early in her academic career in the development of a rigorous body of research evidence on the measurement of guardianship, adoption, kinship and foster care, with a focus on the determinants of child well-being.

Rolock is a former student of and frequent collaborator with Mark Testa, now a distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He writes, “Her work exemplifies a new breed of social work researcher who is able to apply rigorous research methods to the solution of practical social work concerns and problems.”

Her upcoming book, “Introduction to Child Welfare: Building a Culturally Responsive, Multisystemic, Evidence-Based Approach,” co-edited with leading child welfare scholars, illuminates the definition of child welfare services and explores structural issues that assist or impede the success of youth in the child welfare system.

Since 2009, Rolock has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling more than $28.5 million.