PhD, Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Antonio Garcia
School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Policy Mentor
Stephanie Shell
Senior Director of Strategy Development, Public Health Management Corporation

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise
Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Implementation Science, Child Welfare Reform


Dr. Christina DeNard is an Assistant Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to other child welfare practice experiences, Dr. DeNard worked as a success coach social worker where she had the unique opportunity to participate in the creation and provision of an intervention to families with children exiting foster care, while also assisting in mitigating the challenges of its implementation within the agency. These work experiences influenced Dr. DeNard’s research interests, which include examining the implementation of evidence-based practices within child welfare agencies, child welfare policy and practice, and child welfare reform. Dr. DeNard has a Masters of Social Work and certification as a Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholar from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.