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Stephanie Berzin

Stephanie Berzin

Associate Professor, Children, Youth & Families
Chair, Children, Youth & Families
Co-Director, Center for Social Innovation

Stephanie Cosner Berzin, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Concentration at Boston College School of Social Work. As co-chair of the Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership Program, Dr. Berzin co-led the curriculum redesign and the development of the strategic vision for social innovation education at the school. Dr. Berzin has developed coursework around social innovation, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and resource development. Her scholarship centers on two lines of inquiry related to how social context impacts youth development and how social sector agencies can enhance their capacity to serve through innovation. Complementary lines of research have worked towards meeting these aims, mainly 1) research on social sector agencies and social innovation practice, 2) research on youth in the child welfare system, and 3) research on school context and its impact on youth outcomes. 

Dr. Berzin serves as co-director of the Center for Social Innovation, which works to build the evidence-base for social innovation, prepare tomorrow’s social sector leaders, and promote the capacity of existing agencies to respond to social issues. Her research work has focused on how government can foster social innovation, on social entrepreneurship among older workers, and on building organizational capacity for social impact. Dr. Berzin works with social sector leaders to develop their skill-set related to innovation. Research examining the potential for social intrapreneurship supports this aim. 

Complementary research examines the life course experience of vulnerable youth around life transitions. She has served as principle investigator for several studies related to youth transition and related to social work in schools. For her work on youth aging out of foster care, she was awarded the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution in Social Service Review in 2009.

Read about Stephanie Berzin's award for "Outstanding Use of Technology in Teaching" »

Read more about the creation of the Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership program »

Read more about Boston College's designation as a "Changemaker Campus" in recognition of initiatives such as the Macro: Social Innovation + Leadership program »

Leading the Way: Social Innovation in Massachusetts — A study co-authored by Stephanie Berzin »