Dr. Gopalan’s scholarship focuses on designing and evaluating interventions which can easily engage families dually involved in child mental health and child welfare service systems, as well as be implemented in low-resource, “real-world” contexts. Recently, she was the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded exploratory/developmental study that utilized task-shifting strategies to implement an evidence-based child mental health intervention in child welfare services. Currently, Dr. Gopalan is involved with the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare located at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, which has developed the Partnering for Success Model (PfS). PfS focuses on building capacity to promote greater collaboration between child welfare and mental health services so that the mental health needs of children involved in the child welfare system can be more effectively met. She leads a qualitative study examining factors supporting and hindering PfS implementation. Secondly, Dr. Gopalan works with the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services to evaluate strategies used to enhance transfer of learning among child welfare providers following training in evidence-based engagement and treatment models. Dr. Gopalan serves as a co-organizer for the Implementation Research Special Interest Group for the annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference. Dr. Gopalan is currently an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York.
What I love about IRI: Tsupport, resources, and collegiality offered through the IRI, and especially look forward to our “reunions” at various conferences.