Amy Salazar

Amy Salazar

Assistant Professor


McClaskey 225, Vancouver

Curriculum Vitae

  • Ph.D. Social Work and Social Research, Portland State University, 2011
  • MSW Portland State University, 2010
  • B.S. Psychology, University of Miami, 2004
Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Research Scientist, Social Development Research Group, University of Washington

Areas of Emphasis
  • Child welfare system
  • Aging out of foster care
  • Developing, adapting, and testing interventions
  • Program evaluation
  • Maltreatment, trauma, and PTSD
  • LGBTQ youth well-being
Recent Grant Funding
  • A trial of Connecting to prevent drug abuse and risky behaviors in foster teens. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R01DA038095). PI: Kevin Haggerty. Role: Co-Investigator. 2015-present
  • Developing a substance abuse and college support intervention for foster youth. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1R21DA036652). Role: Principal Investigator. 2014-2016
  • Oregon Keeping Families Together (Communities That Care adaptation for community prevention of child abuse and neglect). Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon/Casey Family Programs/Oregon Department of Human Services. PI: Richard Catalano. Role: Project Director and Investigator. 2013-present
  • Supporting early adulthood transition study: An evaluation of the Jim Casey youth opportunities initiative. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. PIs: Richard Catalano and Kathryn Monahan. Role: Research Scientist. 2011-2015
Selected Publications

Sowers, J.A., Powers, L., Schmidt, J., Keller, T.E., Turner, A., Salazar, A., & Swank, P.R. (2016). A randomized trial of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Mentoring Program. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-9.

Salazar, A.M., Haggerty, K.P., & Roe, S.S. (2016). Fostering higher education: A postsecondary access and retention intervention for youth with foster care experience. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 49-56.

Salazar, A.M., Roe, S.S. Ullrich, J.S., & Haggerty, K.P. (2016). Professional and youth perspectives on higher education-focused interventions for youth transitioning from foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 64, 23-34. PMCID: PMC4821474

Salazar, A.M., Jones, K.R., Emerson, J.C., & Mucha, L. (2016). Postsecondary strengths, challenges, and supports experienced by foster care alumni college graduates. Journal of College Student Development, 57(3), 263-279.

Salazar, A.M., Brown, E.C., Monahan, K.C., & Catalano, R.F. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Transitions from Foster Care Key Leader Survey. Evaluation and Program Planning, 55, 91-102.

Salazar, A.M., Haggerty, K.P., Catalano, R.F., de Haan, B., Vann, T., Vinson, J., & Lansing, M. (2016). Using Communities That Care for community child maltreatment prevention. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(2), 144-155.

Phillips, L.A., Powers, L.E., Geenen, S., Schmidt, J., Winges-Yanez, N., McNeely, I.C., Merritt, L., Williamson, C., Turner, S., Zweben, H., Bodner, C., &, The Research Consortium to Increase the Success of Youth in Foster Care (2015). Better Futures: A validated model for increasing postsecondary preparation and participation of youth in foster care with mental health challenges. Children and Youth Services Review, 57, 50-59.

Geenen, S., Powers, L.E., Phillips, L.A., Nelson, M., McKenna, J., Winges-Yanez, N., Blanchette, L., Croskey, A., Dalton, L.D., Salazar, A.M., & Swank, P. (2015). Better Futures: A randomized field test of a model for supporting young people in foster care with mental health challenges to participate in higher education. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42(2), 150-171.

Barkan, S.E., Salazar, A.M., Estep, K., Mattos, L.M., Eichenlaub, C., & Haggerty, K.P. (2014). Adapting an evidence based parenting program for child welfare involved teens and their caregivers. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 53-61.

Salazar, A.M. (2013). The value of a college degree for foster care alumni: Comparisons with general population samples. Social Work, 58(2), 139-150.

Salazar, A.M., Keller, T.E., Gowen, K., & Courtney, M.E. (2013). Trauma exposure and PTSD among older adolescents in foster care. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48(4), 545-551.

Salazar, A.M. (2012). Supporting college success in foster care alumni: Salient factors related to postsecondary retention. Child Welfare, 91(5), 139-167.

Hooven, C., Walsh, E., Willgerodt, M., & Salazar, A. (2011). Increasing participation in prevention research: Strategies for youths, parents, and schools. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24, 137-149.

Salazar, A.M., Keller, T.E., & Courtney, M.E. (2011). Understanding social support’s role in the relationship between maltreatment and depression in youth with foster care experience. Child Maltreatment, 16(2), 102-113.

Keller, T.E., Salazar, A., & Courtney, M.E. (2010). Prevalence and timing of diagnosable mental health, alcohol, and substance use problems among older adolescents in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(4), 626-634.