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
- 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
- Child Welfare Training in Child Psychiatry Residency: A Program Director Survey.
- American Indian Perspectives on Evidence-Based Practice Implementation: Results from a Statewide Tribal Mental Health Gathering
- Family Integrated Transitions: A promising program for juvenile offenders with co-occurring disorders.
- Impact of Peer Partner Support on Self Efficacy for Justice-Involved Parents: A Controlled Study of Juvenile Justice 101.
- Juvenile Justice 101: Addressing family support needs in juvenile court.
- School-Based Health Center Use and High School Dropout Rates—Reply.