faculty spotlight

“My focus is on the impact that Family Assessment Response, a new approach to child welfare, has had on families, specifically issues of racial equity and disparities.”

Annette Semanchin Jones, arriving from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, is one of the newest assistant professors joining the UBSSW faculty. After earning a BA in English and Psychology from University of Notre Dame, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Jones went on to the University of Minnesota to earn her MSW and PhD in Social Work. Her dissertation examined the implementation of a differential response approach in child welfare, focusing on the impact of this approach on racial equity outcomes. During her doctoral program, she served on the social work faculty and was the recipient of the prestigious National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services Dissertation Award. Jones also served as Co-PI and research assistant on several projects examining and evaluating innovative child welfare policies and practices.