Laurel Bidwell, MSW, PhD, LICSW portrait

Laurel Bidwell, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor
BA, Bennington College
MSW, Hunter College
MPhil, Columbia University
PhD, Columbia University

204B Fontbonne Hall - St. Kate's
(651) 690-6755
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

I am greatly committed to supporting the wellbeing of marginalized children and families. I have a particular interest in evaluation research as a way of ensuring that programs and services are meeting the needs of highly vulnerable families; especially those involved with the child welfare system. I am invested in collaborative, mixed-method, community-based, interdisciplinary research that is built from the ground up. My teaching emphasizes the role of critical thinking and I’m interested in pedagogy related to online and blended learning in order to strengthen student access to and engagement with course material. I currently have the pleasure of teaching across all three programs: BSW, MSW, DSW.

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Program evaluation
  • Mixed methods research
  • Cross-systems collaboration / multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Child welfare
  • Juvenile justice
  • Child mental health
  • At-risk youth
  • Parenting

Selected Publications & Presentations

Haight, W.L, & Bidwell, L.N. (2016). Mixed Methods Social Work Research: Integrating Methodologies to Strengthen Practice and Policy. Lyceum, Chicago, IL

Bidwell, L.N., Khatiwoda, P., Wilson, R., & Haight, W.L. (January, 2015) The Crossover Youth Practice Model: Multiple Perspectives on Family Engagement in the First Year of Implementation. Paper presentation for the Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference: The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity.

Haight, W., Bidwell, L.N., Marshall, J.M., Khatiwoda, P. (2014). Implementing the Crossover Youth Practice Model in Diverse Contexts: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals’ Experiences of Multisystem Collaborations. Children and Youth Services Review, Vol 39, 91-100.

Bidwell, L.N., Haight, W.L., & Khatiwoda, P. (October, 2014) Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals’ Experiences of Multisystem Collaborations. Paper presentation for the Council on Social Work Education 60th Annual conference.

Haight, W.L., & Bidwell, L.N. (June, 2014) A mixed methods inquiry into multisystem collaboration involving juvenile justice professionals, child welfare professionals and families. Paper presentation for the Mixed Methods International Research Association 1st Annual conference.

See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

Fall 2018 Courses

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