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Devon Brooks, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Social Work, Dept. of Social Change and Innovation
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSocial Work
AddressMRF 307
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0411
Phone+1 213 821 1387
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    Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute2007  - 2011Senior Research Fellow
    University of Southern California2009Culture of Mentoring Award
    Culture of Mentoring AwardUSC Mellon Mentoring Award
    University of Southern California2008Mellon Faculty to Faculty Mentoring Award
    USC School of Social Work2008Faculty Award for Research
    Senior Research Fellow
    USC School of Social Work2003Sarnat Junior Fellow

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    Devon Brooks joined the faculty in 1999 and teaches human behavior and research methodology in the M.S.W. program and research methodology in the Ph.D. program.

    His research and practice interests generally revolve around the reduction and treatment of child maltreatment, with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities in the permanency and mental health outcomes of children and families served by public child welfare agencies; risk assessment; assessment of formal and indigenous service needs and utilization; transracial adoption and racial matching policy; gay and lesbian adoption and foster care placements; family preservation; and child welfare innovations.

    He regularly provides consultation and technical assistance in the area of child welfare and presents at national conferences. He is principal investigator of both "The SPIN Initiative: Evaluation of an In-Home, Strengths and Video Based Intervention for at-Risk Families" and "Enhancing Positive Outcomes in Transracial Adoptive Families Following Implementation of the Multiethnic Placement Act and Interethnic Adoption Provisions."

    Dr. Brooks is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Black Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Society for Social Work and Research. He is a member of the editorial board of Children and Youth Services Review, and has most recently published in Child and Family Social Work, Child Welfare, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and Social Work.


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    1. Simon JD, Brooks D. Identifying families with complex needs after an initial child abuse investigation: A comparison of demographics and needs related to domestic violence, mental health, and substance use. Child Abuse Negl. 2017 May; 67:294-304. PMID: 28327415.
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