Jolynne Batchelor, Ph.D., LCSW, Research Associate
“I’m very happy to be working among amazing scholars who share my social work values and where everyone is dedicated to advancing compassionate practice and research with the most vulnerable children and families in Texas.”
Jolynne Batchelor, PhD, is a Research Associate with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and Director of the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project, which is a 5 year demonstration project funded by the federal Children’s Bureau to help foster children remain connected to their families and communities. She has over 20 years of experience in social work as a practitioner, clinical supervisor, program administrator, researcher, and teacher. Jolynne’s primary focus is in child welfare. Her research and professional interests include relationship based child protection practice, putting children’s voices at the center of child protection work, using solution-focused strategies to engage child protection-involved families and their naturally occurring networks to create and enact rigorous, sustainable plans to meet the safety and well-being needs of their children, critical thinking in child safety decision making, the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment, restoring healthy relationships between parents and children in the aftermath of child abuse and neglect, and implementation science. Jolynne has a Ph.D. from UT Arlington, MSW from the University of Denver, and a BSW from UT Austin.