PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University
Cohort One Fellow

Academic Mentor
Elizabeth Segal
Professor, Arizona State University School of Social Work

Policy Mentor
Beth Rosenberg
Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Policy, Children's Action Alliance

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

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care SystemsAdolescents and Young Adults, Mixed Methods


Dr. Jennifer Geiger is an Assistant Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on promoting access and success for youth in care and foster care alumni in higher education settings. She also conducts research to support and promote resilience among caregivers for children and youth in care. Dr. Geiger has co-authored 29 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 3 book chapters on foster care and child maltreatment.

She is the Principal Investigator for the Cook County Permanency Enhancement Project (PEP), a statewide partnership with IL Department of Child and Family Services which provides technical assistance to action teams in Cook County to address issues related to racial disproportionality and disparity in the child welfare system and communities. Dr. Geiger is the Co-Founder for a national research collaborative to promote access and success for youth in care and alumni in higher education. She was a Co-Investigator for Bridging Success at Arizona State University, a recruitment and retention program for foster care alumni at ASU, and Co-PI for Bridging Success Early-Start, a pre-college program for foster care alumni designed to orient new students to college life and expectations at a higher education institution. Dr. Geiger received her PhD from Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona and has over 15 years of experience working with children and families.