Welcome to Kaitlyn Doerge, MSSW, our new Research Coordinator!

KaitlynDWe recently sat down with Kaitlyn Doerge, MSSW, one of three new staff members, to learn a little bit more about her! Kaitlyn is a Research Coordinator for several TXICFW-related projects, including Safe Babies. She is passionate about child maltreatment prevention and improving outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system. Kaitlyn began her career working directly with youth aging out of foster care and teens who were pregnant or parenting. We are so happy to have her join us! To learn more about Kaitlyn, please visit her staff profile.

What excites you or interests you most about the work you do?

When we do this work, we are envisioning a world where child maltreatment and family disruption are a thing of the past. It may seem like a far off dream, but working together toward that goal fills me with hope and motivation.

What is something you hope to achieve in your career?

As a lifelong learner, I would love to pursue my PhD in social work, public policy, or a related field.

What are some of your personal hobbies?

Basically anything outdoors (especially if it involves my dog) – hiking, biking, camping, and backpacking. I also love cooking, listening to music, and spending time with family.

Are there any past jobs or work that you want to highlight?

I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences during my career thus far, but here are some that I’m especially proud of:

    • I was a recipient of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Policy Fellowship Program
    • I worked as the Chair of the Prevention Committee for the Child Protection Roundtable
    • I was a Team Lead at the Youth Point in Time Count and Table Facilitator at the Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer
    • I received a Grant-Writing Certificate from the Center for Nonprofit Studies at Austin Community College