PhD, Social Work, Rutgers University
Cohort Six Fellow
Chancellor's Scholar for Well-Being and Associate Professor of Social Work and Pediatrics, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
Director of Strategic Development, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Current Institutional Affiliation
MEF Associates: Senior Research Associate
Areas of Expertise
Kate Stepleton is a Senior Research Associate with MEF Associates, engaged in research projects examining social policies at federal, state, and local levels. She has expertise in child and family research and policy, particularly in the areas of child welfare, maltreatment prevention, early childhood, and child well-being.
Prior to joining MEF, Kate managed research projects at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She also served in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was an Associate with the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, D.C. She holds a Ph.D. in social work from Rutgers, an MSW from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a BA in Sociology from Barnard College.