Julia H. Littell received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned an A.M. (1985) and Ph.D. (1992) from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr College, Professor Littell served as Director of Research for the national Family Resource Coalition and Senior Research Fellow at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Littell’s scholarly work focuses on services for children and families, assumptions underlying social work practice with children and families, methods of social work research and synthesis, and the uses and misuses of empirical research in social policy and social work practice. She is co-author of Putting Families First: An Experiment in Family Preservation (Aldine de Gruyter), Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (Oxford University Press), and numerous journal articles and book chapters on research, social work, and social policy.
Professor Littell received the Pro Humanitate Literary Award in 2006 for her work on research on prominent social interventions. From 2004 to 2009, she served as a member of the Steering Group of the international Campbell Collaboration (C2). She has been invited to speak at international conferences and has conducted workshops and seminars in many countries. Professor Littell currently serves as an Associate Editor of the new journal, Research Synthesis Methodology.
Research and Scholarly Interests: Applied epistemology, evidence
informed practice and policy, methods of research synthesis.
Substantive Specialization: Child welfare, services for children and families.
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