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Erin Singer

Portrait of Erin Singer
Education

Portland State University, MSW; Skidmore College, BSW

Research Interests

Social support and resiliency among vulnerable and marginalized youth, with a special interest in sexual minority youth and youth emancipating from long-term foster care.

Organization Affiliations

Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring, Board of Ambassadors (2015 to present); Children and Youth Services Review, Reviewer (2015); Society for Research on Adolescents, Member (2014 to present); Society for Social Work Research, Member (2012 to present); Council on Social Work Education, Member (2012 to present)

Awards and Fellowships

Boston College Doctoral Fellowship; 2012 Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health, sponsored by the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at The Fenway Institute; 2015 Dr. Carolyn B. Thomas Fellowship for Doctoral Studies in Social Work

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor (2015), Policy Issues in Family and Child Services, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Teaching Assistant (2013), Policy Issues in Family and Child Services, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Teaching Assistant (2013), Program Evaluation, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Teaching Assistant (2012), Research Methods, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Research Experience

Qualitative Research Consultant (2014 - present), Research and Evaluation about Supportive and Protective Environments for Queer Teens (Project RESPEQT), Principal Investigator: Dr. Marla Eisenberg, Boston, MA

Research Analyst II (2008-2010), Ohio Title IV-E Waiver Child Welfare Demonstration Project, Human Services Research Institute

Doctoral Research Assistantship (2010 – 2013), Voices of Former Foster Care Youth, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephanie Cosner-Berzin

Doctoral Research Internship (2010-2011), Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Principal Investigator: Dr. Ruth McRoy

Publishable Paper

Early Adult Identification Among Foster Care Youth: Is Emerging Adulthood Lost? (Successfully defended 2013)

Dissertation

Resilience Among Sexual Minority Youth: The Role of Natural Mentors in Improving Mental Health & Substance Abuse Outcomes (Anticipated defense 2015)

Publications

Singer, E.R., Berzin, S.C. (printed online, 2014). Early adult identification among youth with foster care experience: Is emerging adulthood lost? Journal of Public Child Welfare, DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2014.983290

Berzin, S.C., Singer, E., Hokanson, K. (2014). Emerging versus emancipating: The transition to adulthood for youth in foster care. Journal of Adolescent Research 29(3), 1- 23.

Singer, E. Berzin, S.C. & Hokanson, K. (2013). Voices of former foster youth: Supportive relationships in the transition to adulthood. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 2110-2117.

Kimmich, M., Murphy, J., Singer, E., Firth, K., & Newton-Curtis, L. (2010). Comprehensive final evaluation report: Ohio's Title IV-E waiver demonstration project "ProtectOhio." HSRI Contract Report.

Kimmich, M., Murphy, J., Zell, A., Singer, E., & Wallerstein, L. (2008). Analysis of Oregon’s drug and alcohol treatment and prevention system. HSRI Contract Report.