Sarah Cusworth Walker, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
(206) 685-2197
Professional Summary

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. 

Areas of Interest

Juvenile Justice, Policy, Mental Health, Girl-Specific Programming, Family Engagement, Diversion

Active Projects
  • 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
Research Staff