Dr. Jennifer Lawson
Dr. Jennifer Lawson joined the faculty in the School of Social Work in the fall of 2017. Prior to arriving at Texas State University, Dr. Lawson earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. Dr. Lawson also has a practice background as a Child Protective Services caseworker and supervisor in Texas. Her primary research areas are child welfare services, domestic violence, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and evidence-based family policy. Her most recent research focuses on the differential outcomes of cases reported to child welfare agencies for child exposure to domestic violence, and the effectiveness of CASA for improving child welfare case outcomes.