PhD, Social Work, University of Southern California
Cohort One Fellow

Academic Mentor
Jacquelyn McCroskey
John Milner Professor of Child Welfare, University of Southern California School of Social Work

Policy Mentor
Peter Pecora
Managing Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs

Current Insitutional Affiliation
Westat, Senior Study Director

Areas of Expertise
Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Program Evaluation, Mixed Methods


Dr. Jaymie Lorthridge , a Senior Study Director at Westat, evaluates community-based programs and child welfare and justice agency reforms aimed at improving outcomes for families, youth, and children. She designs and implements process and outcome studies informing program development and implementation and jurisdictional policies. She designs data collection tools, including surveys, interview and focus group protocols, and data extraction protocols, and uses quantitative and qualitative methods to assess achievement of project objectives. At Westat, Dr. Lorthridge has served as evaluation lead for a site participating in a federally funded project to reduce long-term foster care and improve outcomes for LGBTQ+ children and youth who experience serious barriers to permanency, a senior evaluator assessing the evaluation readiness and needs of sites implementing community-wide ACEs initiatives, evaluability assessment lead for a nationwide sexual assault kit initiative, project manager for a foundation funded evaluation promoting an environment of success for older foster youth, project manager and fidelity task lead for IV-E Waiver Demonstration evaluations, and co-project director for a statewide social and child welfare services reform project. In previous work with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services/Casey Family Programs and at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, Dr. Lorthridge was part of multidisciplinary teams that evaluated family preservation, child abuse prevention, and child care training programs and conducted research in areas such as health disparities and family strengthening factors. She also worked for 4 years as a police officer in Atlanta, GA.