Dr. Strolin-Goltzman is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont. Jessica is an implementation scholar focusing on interventions to improve social and emotional wellbeing of children, youth, families across child welfare, educational, and healthcare settings. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several comprehensive implementation research grants. 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. 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 mountains.

Areas of Expertise

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

Current Projects

BEST: Graduate Training, Child Welfare Training Partnership, Placement Stability Project, Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership, Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals


Selected Publications

  • Jorgenson, J., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Bielawski-Branch, A., Beaudry, J., & Richard, J. (forthcoming) An innovative model for supporting pre-adoptive placements: Screening, cross system collaboration, and trauma-informed parent management training. In Strand & Sprang (Eds.) Trauma Informed Child Welfare Systems
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J., Woodhouse, V., Suter, J., & Werrbach, M. (2016). A mixed method study on educational well-being and resilience among youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 30-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.08.014
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J., Kollar, S., Shea, K., Walcott, C., & Ward, S. (2016) Building a Landscape of Resilience after Workplace Violence in Public Child Welfare. Children and Youth Service Review, 71, 250-256.
  • Schroeter, MK., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Suter, J., Werrbach, M., Hayden-West, K., Wilkins, Z., Gagnon, M., & Rock, J. (2015) Foster youth perceptions on educational well-being: a participatory action research study. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96 (4): 227-233.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J. (2014). Fostering Educational Well-Being: Lessons for Better Outcomes with Youth in Care, Editorial, Families in Society: The journal of contemporary social services, 95 (2), p. 79-81.
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J., Sisselman, A., Melekis, K., & Auerbach, C. (2014) Understanding the relationship between school-based health center use, school connection and academic performance. Health and Social Work: NASW Journal, 39(2), 83-91.
  • Claiborne, N., Auerbach, C., Lawrence, C., McGowan, B., Lawson, H., McCarthy, M., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Caringi, J., & Briar-Lawson, K. (2014). Design teams as an organizational intervention to improve job satisfaction and worker turnover in public child welfare. Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1), 12
  • Lawrence, C.K., Strolin-Goltzman, J.S., Caringi, J., Claiborne, N., McCarthy, M., Butts, E., and O’Connell, K. (2013). Designing evaluations in child welfare organizations: An approach for administrators. Administration in Social Work, 37 (1), 3-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03643107.2011.607887
  • Matto, H. C., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Hadjiyane, M. C., Vanmeter, J., Kost, M., Marshall, J. K., & Wiley, J. (2013). Clinical trial of an innovative dual-processing group therapy relapse prevention protocol conducted in a community-based setting. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 8(4), 240-261.
  • 8. Matto, H., Hajiyane, M., Kost, M., Marshall, J., Wiley, J. Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Khatiwada, M. & VanMeter, J. (2013). Functional magnetic resonance imaging clinical trial of a dual-processing treatment protocol for substance-dependent adults. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 659-669. doi:10.1177/1049731513515056
  • Matto, H.C., Strolin-Goltzman, J. & Ballan, M. (2013). (Eds.) Neuroscience for Social Work: Implications for practice, policy, and research. New York: Springer Publications
  • Woodside-Jiron, H., Strolin-Goltzman, J. & Suter, J. (2013). How neuroscience can inform educational practices for youth involved in the child welfare system. In Matto, H.C., Strolin-Goltzman, J. & Ballan, M. (Eds.) Neuroscience for Social Work: Implications for practice, policy, and research. New York: Springer Publications
  • Strolin-Goltzman, J., Sisselman, A., Auerbach, C., Sharon, L. Spolter, S. & Corn, T. (2012) The moderating effect of school type on the relationship between school based health centers and the learning environment. Social Work in Public Health, 27 (7), 699-709. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19371910903323815.
  • Beder, J., Postiglione, P., & Strolin-Goltzman, J. (2012). Social work in the veterans administration hospital system: Impact of the work. Social Work in Health Care, 51 (8), 661-679. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2012.699023
  • 12. Sisselman, A., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Auerbach, C. & Sharon, L. (2012) Innovative services offered by school based health centers in New York City. Children and Schools, 34 (4): 213-221. doi: 10.1093/cs/cds010
  • Auerbach, C., McGowan, B., Augsberger, A., Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Schudrich, W. (2011) Differential factors influencing public and voluntary child welfare workers intention to leave. Children and Youth Services Review 32 (10), 1396-1402. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.06.008
  • 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.
  • Matto, H. Strolin-Goltzman, J., Mogro-Wilson, C. (2010). Dual-Processing Treatment Modality: An Innovative Treatment to Decrease Physiological Craving in Substance Abusers. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 5(2), p. 113-125.
  • 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. (2009) Design Teams: A Promising organizational intervention for improving turnover rates in the child welfare workforce. Child Welfare, 88 (5), p. 149-168.
  • Mogro-Wilson, C., Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Matto, H. (2009) A Review of the Literature and Methodological Issues for University Collaboration with a Rural Latino Community and Substance Abusing Population. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions 9(2), 204-214.
  • 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.
  • Matto, H. C., Strolin-Goltzman, J., & Mogro-Wilson, C. (2008) A Pilot Study of a Dual Processing Substance Abuse Treatment Intervention with Adults. Substance Use & Misuse, 43, (3) 285-294.
  • 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-Goltzman, J., Matto, H., Mogro-Wilson, C. (2007). A comparative analysis of a dual processing substance abuse treatment intervention: Implications for the development of Latino-specific interventions. Journal of Hispanic Health Care International, 5 (4), 162-168.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • 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. http://www.aap.org/sections/schoolhealth/2010_mustreadpapers.pdf (2011)

Professional Associations

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

Jessica Strolin


    • Ph.D. in Social Work from SUNY Albany


    Email: Jessica.Strolin@uvm.edu
    Phone: (802) 656-2173
    Office: Waterman 437B
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    Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

    Promoting well being for children and youth who have experienced trauma and; Race and contemporary issues; Social Work Practice (MSW); Social work research methods; SW Practice; Trauma Informed practice in child welfare, mental health, and schools