PhD, Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Neil Jordan
Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Policy Mentor
Neil Skene
Deputy Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Current Institutional Affiliation
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family Systems, Maternal Health, Mental Health and Well-Being, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Regression ModelingSurvival Analysis or Hazard Models, Case Study Research, Mixed MethodsAdolescents and Young Adults, Infants and ToddlersRacial/Ethnic Minority Groups, School-aged Children


Lindsey Weil is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her current research is conducted in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Ms. Weil's research focuses on health and well-being among youth in the child welfare system, placement stability and permanency, strengths and protective factors, and the meaningful use of trauma assessment. Prior to attending Northwestern University, Ms. Weil worked at a community-based mental health agency, providing psychological services. Additionally, she conducted research both at Stanford University and with adolescent female offenders within the juvenile justice system. Ms. Weil completed her undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University, earning a BS in Psychology. She also holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.


Prevention of Accidental, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Current Sleep Practices, Caregiver Beliefs, and Promotion of Safe Sleep Practices through Effective Preventive Interventions

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental injury are two leading causes of infant deaths, with suffocation accounting for the majority of accidental deaths. The vast majority of inadvertent infant suffocation occurs during sleep, and such deaths are highly preventable. This study aims to better understand preventable, sleep-related infant deaths and to support the reduction of risks leading to such deaths. Using a mixed methods approach, this dissertation will: (1) assess the types and frequency of unsafe sleep practices used in a large Midwestern state; (2) examine potential risk factors that increase the use of unsafe sleep practices; (3) determine which aspects of preventive interventions are compelling for caregivers and effective at reducing the risk of using unsafe sleep practices with infants. Findings will inform the development and implementation of effective, targeted interventions to prevent accidental, sleep-related infant deaths.