Dr. Kelly Stepura, PhD, LMSW
Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Stepura received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a published author in the area of child maltreatment and foster care for over 25 years. Dr. Stepura’s research team partners with the University of Texas at Austin and other child welfare experts across the country and internationally, applying machine learning and predictive analytic techniques to foster care outcomes. At the Institute, she also evaluates programs aimed at improving the lives of children and youth who are in the foster care system or are at risk of inpatient psychiatric or residential care.