Publications and Knowledge Translation

Selected Activities

Articles & Chapters

  • Skrypek, M., Woodmass, K., Rockymore, M., Johnson, G., & Wells, S. J. (2017). Examining the potential for racial disparity in out-of-home placement decisions: A qualitative matched-pair study. Children and Youth Services Review, 75, 127-137. Link
  • Woodmass, K., Weisberg, S., Shlomi, H., Rockymore, M., & Wells, S. J. (2017). Examining the potential for racial disparity in out-of-home placement decisions: A quantitative matched-pair study. Children and Youth Services Review, 75, 96-109. Link
  • Healey, P., Stager, M. L., Woodmass, K., Dettlaff, A., Vergara, A., Janke, R., & Wells, S. J. (2017). Cultural adaptions to augment health and mental health services: A systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 17, 8. Link
  • Mundy, C. L., Neufeld, A. N., & Wells, S. J. (2016). A culturally relevant measure of client satisfaction in child welfare services. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 177-189. Link
  • Vergara, A., Kathuria, P., Woodmass, K., Janke, R. & Wells, S. J. (2016). Effectiveness of culturally and linguistically appropriate adaptations to juvenile justice services. Journal of Juvenile Justice, a journal of the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 5 (2), 85-103. Link
  • Wells, S. J., & Johnson, G. (2016). Child abuse and neglect. In C. Franklin (Ed.) Encyclopedia of social work. New York: Oxford University Press. Link
  • Wells, S. J., Girling, S. J., & Vergara, A. (2014). Disproportionality and disparities in the health-care system. In R. Fong, A. J. Dettlaff, C. Rodriguez, & J. James. (Eds.). Addressing racial disproportionality and disparities in human services: Multisystemic approaches. NY: Columbia University Press. Link
  • Wells, S. J., & Girling, S. J. (2014). Disproportionality and disparity in child welfare: An overview of definitions and methods of measurement, revised. In R. McRoy, & K. Belanger (Eds.) Examining racial disproportionality through research: A handbook for SW education (Digital PDF) Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America Press.  Link
  • Falconnier, L. A., Tomasello, N. M., Doueck, H. J., Wells, S. J., Luckey, H., & Agathen, J. M. (2010). Indicators of quality in kinship foster care. Families in Society, 9, 415-420. Link

Project Reports Serving as Foundation for Action

  • Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families. (2015, July). Innovations in service delivery in the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) final report. University of British Columbia: Kelowna, BC. Project funded by SSHRC and MCFD. Authorship included: Susan J. Wells, PI., Sarah Girling, Crystal Evanoff, Amanda Neufeld, Sarah McQuaid, Hilla Sholmi, Janice Cross, Priscilla Healey, and Andrew Vergara.
  • Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families. (2013, April 30). Innovations in service delivery in the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development. Interim report of formative evaluation. University of British Columbia: Kelowna, BC. Project funded by SSHRC and MCFD, Susan J. Wells, PI.
  • McQuaid, S., Erickson, K., Geddes, C. & Wells, S.J. (2012 July).  Evaluation of the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Complex Care and Intervention (CCI) Program Final Report. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families.
  • Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families. (2011 December). Thematic content analysis of Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) case review documents and Representative for Children and Youth reports, 2007-2011. A content analysis of all RCY reports and a sample of child death and critical incident reports from 2007-2011.  Unpublished report for MCFD. The RCY section of the report is publicly available. Authors included Tara Carpenter, Irene Gonneau, Hilla Shlomi, and Susan J. Wells (PI).
  • Piescher, K., Snyder, E., LaLiberte, T., Nguyen, H., Wells, S. J. (2010). Comprehensive family assessment intake baseline study. Minneapolis: School of Social Work, University of Minnesota. Link

Guidelines for Practice and Policy

Aboriginal Concurrent Disorders Team. (2014). Concurrent disorders treatment and support blended Aboriginal and mainstream modalities. Kelowna, BC: Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families. A treatment manual outlining a blended treatment program, blending Aboriginal and mainstream concurrent mental health and substance abuse treatment. Prepared by Irene Gonneau, under the supervision of Susan Wells at the direction of the team. Team members are listed below.

 

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Conferences and Conference Proceedings

  • Damman, J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Wells, S. J. (2019, January 17). Screening decisions at Child Protective Services intake: A systematic review. Poster session presented at the 23rd Annual Conference Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR): Ending Gender Based, Family, and Community Violence. San Francisco, CA. Link
  • Neufeld, A., Mundy, C., & Wells, S. J. (2018, January 12). Indigenous clients’ perspectives on delegated child protective services.  Poster session presented at the 22nd Annual Conference Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR): Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. Washington, DC. Link
  • Stene, K., Wells, S. J., & Ermacora, D. (2017, January). Measuring the quality of kinship foster care. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA. Link
  • Wells, S. J., Dettlaff, A., Healey, P., & Vergara, A. (2014, January). Effectiveness of adaptations to enhance cultural competence, appropriateness, and safety of health and mental health services. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX. Link
  • Wells, S.J. (2011 December). Responses to a research synthesis on child welfare disproportionality and disparities. One of six individual responses in Disparities and disproportionality in child welfare: analysis of the research. Papers from a Research Symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Social Policy and The Annie E. Casey Foundation on behalf of The Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare The Annie E. Casey Foundation. pp 113-119. Link

Presentations

  • Wells, S. J., Girling, S. J., Evanoff, C., Cross, J., & Neufeld, A. (2014, September 29). Innovations in service delivery. Presentation to Ministry of Children and Family Development. Victoria, BC. Presentation and discussion of final draft findings of formative evaluation following the implementation of Structured Decision Making and Signs of Safety models of child protection practice in British Columbia to Director of Child Welfare Ministry of Children and Family Development,Victoria, BC.
  • Wells, S.J. (2012 October). A review of evidence-based practices in youth care. Aboriginal Child Welfare and Placement Issues. Directors of Child Welfare for Canada, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • McQuaid, S., Erickson, K., Geddes, C. & Wells, S.J. (2012, May). Evaluation of the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCF) Complex Care and Intervention (CCI) presentation of findings to MCFD central Interior Region managers. Kelowna, BC, Canada: Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families.

In Process

  • Client satisfaction in child welfare services
  • An instrument for measuring quality of kinship care
  • Seeking excellence in clinical practice in child welfare agencies
  • Implementation of innovations in public social services
  • Implementation of the Complex Care and Intervention Program
  • Inter-rater reliability in qualitative thematic coding