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, Economic Supports for Families, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Implementation Science, Program Evaluation, Workforce Development, Regression Modeling, Case Study Research, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Mixed MethodsAdolescents and Young Adults, LGBTQ Youth, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups


Dr. Jaymie Lorthridge is the Senior Study Director at Westat. Dr. Lorthridge received her PhD and Masters in Social Work at University of Southern California. A former Atlanta police officer, Dr. Lorthridge left law enforcement in order to receive her MSW and make an impact the lives of young children on a long-term basis. Dr. Lorthridge's research involves outlining the key aspects of change that are critical to successfully reforming child welfare services and policies.