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Dr. Barbara Needell

Dr. Barbara Needell
Dr. Barbara Needell

Barbara Needell is a Research Specialist at the Center for Social Services Research at the University of California at Berkeley. As Principal Investigator of the California Child Welfare Performance Indicators Project (funded by the California Department of Social Services and the Stuart Foundation), she has worked extensively with statewide and county specific administrative data. Barbara and her team at UCB collaborate with state and county colleagues to produce and publicly disseminate the data used in California’s Child Welfare Service Outcomes System. She is currently providing technical assistance to the 25 California counties who are implementing the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mills College, with a B.A. with Honors in Psychology. She received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. with Distinction from the School of Social Welfare at Berkeley. In recent years, much of her work has centered on the issue of race/ethnic disparities in child welfare. She was a faculty member for the national Casey Family Program’s Breakthrough Series on Racial Disproportionality, contributed to the GAO report on this topic, and is a member of both the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Eliminating Racial Disproportionality and Disparity Workgroup and the new American Public Human Services Association’s Positioning Public Child Welfare Initiative Racial Disproportionality subcommittee. In addition to her California disparity-focused work, she is providing technical assistance to New York City’s Administration of Children’s Services (ACS).

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