Welcome and Overview
Greetings! And welcome to my portfolio!
It is my hope that these pages will help you get to know me, connect with me, and collaborate with me in the near future.
A Little About Me Personally
My journey began in a small, rural Nebraskan community where I was born and raised. I value integrity, diversity, genuine people, social justice, quality over quantity, and experiences over material goods. I consider myself a life-long learner and love reading and traveling for this very reason. My passions include facilitating positive youth development, the great outdoors, and research. My life's mission is to help others live happier, healthier lives. And while baking and eating sweets may make me happier, the jury is still out on whether it makes me healthier. I guess that's where camping, hiking, and being in nature come in to balance things out!
Academic and Professional Overview
Before my journey led me to joining DU as a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Social Work, I earned my MSW from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2017 and my BA in Psychology (minor in Sociology) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2013.
Professionally, I have worked with children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system in a variety of capacities, including as a mentor, youth treatment specialist, and state caseworker. While completing my MSW, I expanded my experience with this population to include applied research and program evaluation at the local, state, and federal levels. I have presented my work on implementation science and treatment fidelity in the area of child welfare research through national conference presentations, guest lecturing, and a number of professional publications. See "CV" for a copy of my CV and more details regarding my experiences!
Sharing my work has inspired a strong interest in data visualization and design in communicating findings. See "Selected Conference Posters" for examples of some of the recent work I've collaborated on!
My research interests focus on promoting positive youth development for youth in systems of care, including child welfare and juvenile justice through evidence-based practice, program evaluation, translational research, and dissemination and implementation science. I am particularly interested in bridging the research-to-practice gap among programs serving vulnerable youth populations; participatory-utilization focused research and evaluation; university-community partnerships; data-driven decision-making; and supporting the development, adoption, and implementation of effective practices.
Jennifer Sedivy, MSW
PhD Student, Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver
2148 South High Street, Denver, CO 80208
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