PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University (2015)
Cohort Three Fellow

Academic Mentor
Cynthia Lietz
Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Arizona State University

Policy Mentor
Barbara Guillen
Independent living State Coordinator, Child Protective Services, Arizona Department of Economic Security

Current Institutional Affiliation
Wayne State University: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Mental Health and Well-Being, Workforce Development, Youth Development, Regression Modeling, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Mixed Methods, Participatory Action Research, Adolescents and Young Adults, Homeless Families and Young People, LGBTQ Youth, Foster Parents


Dr. Megan Hayes Piel joined the WSU School of Social Work faculty in 2015. She received her PhD from Arizona State University and was a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Her research focuses on the intersection of child welfare and behavioral health, with attention to foster youth and transitions to adulthood.

Dr. Piel’s experience in social work settings includes providing interventions and program supervision for youth and emerging adults in behavioral health and foster care group homes and schools. The scope of her work is inherently interdisciplinary as it focuses on intervention with vulnerable populations involved in multiple service systems