PhD, Social Work, University of Louisville
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Crystal Collins-Camargo
Professor, University of Louisville

Policy Mentor
Jim Grace
Assistant Director of Protection and Permanency, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Kentucky: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Juvenile Justice, Participatory Action Research


Dr. Jay Miller is the Dean of the College of Social Work, and Director of the Self-Care Lab in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Jay is dedicated to a host of social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems and participatory research related to organizational wellness and self-care, areas in which he has published a number of research papers and conducted national and international presentations. Jay is actively involved in a host of community endeavors and currently serves as the Chairperson of Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Board of Social Work, and Children’s Justice Act Taskforce. Jay is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award and is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University. Jay was a Cohort Two Doris Duke Fellow (Doris Duke Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago) and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. Last but not least, Jay is a proud foster and kin care alum!