PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Montana
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Paul Silverman
Professor, University of Montana

Policy Mentor
Sarah Corbally
Program Bureau Chief, Child and Family Services Division, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Current Institutional Affiliation
Casey Family Programs: Senior Research Associate

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care SystemsEvidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Low-Income Families and Individuals


Whitney Rostad, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate at Casey Family Programs in Seattle, Washington with subject matter expertise in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In her role, Whitney manages and oversees a variety of research projects and dissemination activities, and collaborates with others in the field to support a broad research agenda to advance policy, practice, and systems change in child welfare.

Prior to Casey, Dr. Rostad was a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she conducted research identifying cross-cutting risk and protective factors for different forms of violence and evaluating the impact of policies and programs on health and well-being. She also has experience evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of a home-based behavioral parenting program aimed at reducing child abuse and neglect in child welfare and prevention settings.