University of Vermont

Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Jessica Strolin

Jessica Strolin

Jessica Strolin, Ph.D.Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Waterman 437B
(802) 656-2173

Dr. Strolin-Goltzman is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont. Jessica is an implementation scholar focusing on the implementation and evaluation of evidence supported interventions with children, youth, families in real world child welfare, school and healthcare settings. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several comprehensive implementation research grants including VT-FACTS and VT-FUTRES. Her work in public child welfare has included a focus on organizational interventions and systems change. She currently serves as the Director of the Child Welfare Training Partnership (non credit and staff development). Her clinical practice experience includes child welfare and adolescent substance abuse treatment. She is trained in CBT, adventure based/wilderness therapy, and expressive arts modalities. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing with her family in the Vermont mountain

Areas of Expertise:

Addictions/Substance Abuse; Adolescent Development; Child and Family Welfare; Organizational Development; Research Methods; School Social Work

Current Projects:

Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership


Selected Publications

  • Lawson, H., McCarthy, M., Briar-Lawson, K., Miraglia, P., Strolin, J. & Caringi, J. (2006). A complex partnership to optimize and stabilize the public child welfare workforce. Professional Development, 9, (2/3), 122-139.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J. (2010) The Relationship Between School-Based Health Centers and The Learning Environment. Journal of School Health, 80 (3), 156-162.
  • Matto, H. & Strolin-Goltzman, J. (2010) Intergrating Social Neuroscience and Social Work: Innovations for Advancing Practice-Based Research, Social Work, 55 (2), 147-156.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J. (2010) Improving turnover in public child welfare: Outcomes from an organizational intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 32 (10), 1388-1395.
  • Auerbach, C., McGowan, B., Auesberger, A., Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Schudrick, W. (2010) Differential Factors Influencing Public and Voluntary Child Welfare Workers Intention to Leave. Children and Youth Services Review 32 (10), 1396-1402.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J.S., Kollar, S. & Youth in Progress (2010). Listening to the Voices of Children in Foster Care: Youths Speak Out about Child Welfare Workforce Turnover. Social Work, 55 (1), 447-453.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J., Lawrence, C., Auerbach, C., Caringi, J., Claiborne, N., Lawson, H., McCarthy, M., McGowan, B., Sherman, R., & Shim, M. (2010) Design Teams: A Promising organizational intervention for improving turnover rates in the child welfare workforce. Child Welfare, 88 (5), p. 149-168.
  • McGowan, B., Auerbach, C., & Strolin-Goltzman, J. (2009) Turnover in the child welfare workforce: A different perspective. Journal of Social Service Research, 35 (3), 228-235.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J.S., McCarthy, M., Smith, B., Lawson, H., Bronstein, L., & Caringi, J. (2008) A comparison study of intention to leave among public child welfare systems with high and low turnover rates. Child Welfare, 87 (4), 125-143.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J., Auerbach, C., McGowan, B, &McCarthy, M. (2008) The Relationship between Organizational Characteristics and Workforce Turnover among Rural, Urban, and Suburban Public Child Welfare Systems. Administration in Social Work, 32 (1), 77-91.
  • Caringi, J. Strolin-Goltzman, J., Lawson, H., McCarthy, M., Briar-Lawson, K. & Claiborne, N. (2008) Child welfare design teams: An intervention to improve workforce retention and facilitate organizational development. Research on Social Work Practice, 18, 565-574.
  • Strolin, J.S., McCarthy, M. & Caringi, J. (2007) Causes and effects of child welfare workforce turnover: Current state of knowledge and future directions. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 1 (2), 29-52.

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Promoting well being for children and youth who have experienced trauma and; Psychosocial development in social work; Race and contemporary issues; Social Work Practice (MSW); Social work research methods; SW Practice


  • Ph.D. in Social Work from SUNY Albany

Awards & Honors

  • The Joseph Anthony Abruscato Award for Excellence in Scholarship from University of Vermont: Awarded to CESS Scholar for Excellence in Research (2014)
  • Top School Health Papers of 2010 from American School Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics : Members of the Physician Section of the American School Health Association (ASHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on School Health have worked together to develop a list of important school health papers published in 2010. Members nominated research and review papers they found to be important for school health physicians and then voted on their top choices. A few key new or updated policy statements were also nominated. We are publishing a summary of the top 12 research and review papers and listing all new key policy statements. The top papers for 2010 address policy and 6 components of coordinated school health: health services, mental health, physical activity, nutrition, school environmental and community involvement. The studies cover students in elementary and secondary schools and include those with chronic conditions and other special needs. (2011)

Professional Associations

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN - NIDA), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)