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 SystemsLatent Growth Curve ModelingMixed MethodsParticipatory Action ResearchAdolescents and Young AdultsRacial/Ethnic Minority Groups, Multidimensional Scaling


Dr. Justin “Jay” Miller is an Assistant Professor at the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky and, prior to that, taught at Spalding University for six years. Dr. Miller has previously worked as a social worker at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Louisville’s Crimes Against Children Unit, and the Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox. Dr. Miller is dedicated to 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, particularly outcomes related to foster care and adoption. Dr. Miller is actively involved in several community endeavors and has served as the co-founder/past president of the Louisville Association of Social Workers, and the founder of the Jefferson County Foster Care Peer Support Program and the Kentucky Chapter of the Foster Care Alumni of America.

Dr. Miller is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award, was recently recognized as an International Graduate Scholar by the Global Sustainability Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, and is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Miller 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, Dr. Miller is a proud foster care alum!