Sarah Cusworth Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. Walker’s research, policy and program activities focus on juvenile justice systems reform within three primary areas: 1) gender-specific programming for girls; 2) the impact of family-informed policies on justice-level outcomes; and, 3) mental health treatment and diversion programs. Current and recent projects include collaborations with the Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, the Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice, the King County Juvenile Court, and the Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State in addition to other agencies across the continuum of juvenile court services in Washington State. 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.
Juvenile Justice, Policy, Mental Health, Girl-Specific Programming, Family Engagement, Diversion
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- Therapeutic Change, Length of Stay and Recidivism for Incarcerated Juvenile Offenders (Walker, PI). National Institutes o f Justice 2012-IJ-CX-0040, 2013-2014
- Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Risk Assessment Validation (Walker, PI). City of Seattle, 2013-2014.
- King County Warrant Prevention Pilot (Walker, PI). King County Superior Court. 2012-2013
- Evidence-Based Program Training and Consultation for Children’s Administration (Trupin, PI). Department of Social and Health Services.
- 2536 Evidence-Based Practices (Trupin, PI), Department of Social and Health Services.
- Gender-Responsive Programming
- Mental Health and Diversion
- Family Engagement
- A Fidelity Framework for Cross-Evidence Based Practice Monitoring.
- Achieving Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Juvenile Justice: The Importance of Diagnostic and Evaluative Capacity.
- Evidence-based program service deserts. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to identifying service gaps for state-level implementation planning.
- Length of stay, therapeutic change and recidivism for incarcerated juvenile offenders. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation,
- Parent perceptions of participating in a program for adolescents who are violent at home.
- The Consistencies and Vagaries of the Washington State Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based and Promising Practices: The Definition of “Evidence-Based” in a Policy Context.
- The heterogeneity of treatment needs for justice involved girls: A typology using latent class analysis.
- The Impact of Psychiatric Practice Guidelines on Medication Costs and Youth Aggression in a Juvenile Justice Residential Treatment Program.
- The Practical Effects of Family Involvement in the Juvenile Justice System: The Juvenile Justice Family Involvement Model.