Tyreasa Washington

My research interests stems from my experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in child welfare and mental health settings. I am interested in the role of family-level factors (e.g., family functioning, parenting practices, birth parent involvement) on better mental health outcomes and social and academic competence for African American children, especially those in kinship care. There are three central integrated research areas that drive my research agenda: 1) Child Welfare including African American Kinship Care Families; 2) Mental Health and Competence among Children; 3) Family-level Protective and Promotive Factors including Fatherhood. Education: BSW (1998), N.C Agricultural and Technical State University; MSW (2000), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; PhD, Social Work (2010), University of Illinois at Chicago.

There are 7 included publications by Tyreasa Washington :

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Are Community Violence-Exposed Youth at Risk of Engaging in Delinquent Behavior? A Review and Implications for Residential Treatment Research and Practice 2014 655 Numerous studies have documented a direct association between children’s exposure to community violence and subsequent delinquent behavior. Regrettably, an understanding of the community violence exposure-delinquent behavior link is incomplete becaus...
Competence and African American Children in Informal Kinship Care: The Role of Family 2013 914 African American children are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to live in kinship care, yet there is little empirical knowledge available to help understand the attributes of these families that contribute to children's development o...
Examining maternal and paternal involvement as promotive factors of competence in African American children in informal kinship care 2014 638 Grandparents or other relatives are raising over 2.7 million children in the United States; and research suggests that the birth parents of these children maintain varying levels of involvement with them and their relative caregivers. However, the im...
Family-Level Factors and African American Children’s Behavioral Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review 2015 230 BackgroundConsiderable prior research targeting African American children has focused on the pervasiveness of problematic behavior and negative risk factors associated with their development, however the influence of family on better behavioral healt...
Fathers’ Perspectives on Supports and Barriers That Affect Their Fatherhood Role 2014 720 This qualitative study explored resident and nonresident fathers’ perspectives about factors that facilitated and inhibited their ability to play a positive and active role in their children’s lives. A total of 30 fathers were recruited from a suppor...
A Review of How States are Addressing Placement Stability 2012 615 States are under increasing pressure to reduce the number of placements of foster children. Initial results from the federal Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR) of 48 states found that only 40% of states met targets for placement stability. Conse...
Social Media as a Vector for Youth Violence: A Review of the Literature 2014 4094 Homicide is the second leading cause of death for young people, and exposure to violence has a negative impact on youth mental health, academic performance, and relationships. We demonstrate that youth violence, including bullying, gang violence, and...