PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University
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
The University of Texas at San Antonio: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Mental Health and Well-Being, Families and Family Systems


Dr. Megan Hayes Piel is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Social Work. 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