Sigrid James

Sigrid James

University of Kassel, Germany

sjames@uni-kassel.de
Sigrid James has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Southern California and she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology at Loma Linda University. Dr. James aims through this fellowship to deepen her knowledge about implementation science in the area of interventions for children in the child welfare system who present with serious mental health needs and are often placed in residential care settings. She is currently in the second year of an NIMH K01 Award, entitled “The Treatment of EBD Children in Foster Care – the Role of Residential Group Care.” Her research has a dual focus: (1) studying processes in CW/MH systems as they wrestle with how to expand evidence-based practices and reduce use of residential care or, if placement is unavoidable, reduce length of time spent in residential care settings, and (2) studying changes implemented by residential care settings as some attempt to serve children and families from a more evidence-based driven perspective and thus remain a viable provider of services. Her work up to this point has shown that the systemic issues between residential care settings and county systems are complex. Sustained implementation of alternative evidence-based interventions, once they have been identified, will in part depend on understanding and leveraging these complexities. While Dr. James’ K01 Award is providing a basic introduction to the implementation literature, she hopes that this fellowship will substantially deepen her training, providing her with a different way of thinking about these systemic complexities and a skill set to methodologically approach her questions of interest.