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Kristin Ferguson

Professor & Director, Center for Human Capital & Youth Development
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Professor & Director, Center for Human Capital & Youth Development
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Professor & Director, Center for Human Capital & Youth Development
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Biography

Kristin Ferguson is a Professor at the Arizona State University's School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Human Capital and Youth Development. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of vocational interventions for homeless and opportunity youth that integrate employment and clinical services, including supported employment and social enterprises. Over the past 2 decades, she has focused her research primarily in two areas: 

1) design, implementation and evaluation of supported employment and social enterprise interventions for homeless youth combined with assessment of intervention feasibility, effectiveness, and implementation; and

2) rigorous evaluation across seven U.S. cities to examine the environmental and psychosocial conditions affecting youth homelessness and unemployment.

 

Education
  • Ph.D. International Comparative Social Welfare Policy adn Social Work, University of Texas-Arlington and Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Mexico
  • M.S.W. Interpersonal Practice; minor: Community Organization, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • B.A. Psychology; minor: Spanish, University of Virginia-Charlottesville
Research Group

REALYST is a national collaborative of academic and community partners that uses research to inform innovative policies, programs and services aimed at ending homelessness and housing instability among young people. We believe that understanding youth homelessness helps communities create effective solutions for preventing it.

REALYST: https://www.realyst.org/

Publications

Lee, W., & Ferguson, K. (In Press). The role of local businesses in addressing multidimensional needs of homeless populations. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Shelton, J., DeChants, J., Bender, K., Hsu, H-T., Santa Maria, D., Petering, R., Ferguson, K., Narendorf, S., & Barman-Adhikari, A. (2018). Homelessness and housing experiences among LGBTQ young adults in seven U.S. cities. CityScape, 20(3), 9-33. Available online at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscpe/vol20num3/index.html

Santa Maria, D., Flash, C. A., Narendorf, S., Barman-Adhikari, A., Petering, R., Hsu, H-T., Shelton, J., Bender, K., & Ferguson, K. (2018). Knowledge and attitudes about PrEP among homeless young adults: Findings from 7 U.S. cities. Journal of Adolescent Health. Available through OnlineFirst at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.06.023

Santa Maria, D., Flash, C. A., Narendorf, S., Barman-Adhikari, A., Petering, R., Hsu, H-T., Shelton, J., Bender, K., & Ferguson, K. (2018). Implications for PrEP update in young adults experiencing homelessness: A mixed methods study. AIDS Education and Prevention-An Interdisciplinary Journal

Ferguson, K. (2018). Employment outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of two employment interventions with homeless youth. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9(1), 1-21. doi:10.1086/696372

Ferguson, K., Teixeira, S., Wernick, L., & S., Burghardt, S. (2018). Macro therapeutic interventions: The impact of macro-level interventions on mental health. Journal of Social Work, 18(6), 679-702. https://doi-org.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/10.1177/1468017318757160

Helderop, E., Ferguson, K., Grubesic, A., & Bender, K. (2018). Predicting homeless young adults’ movement: Artificial neural networks and generalized linear models. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9(1), 89-106. doi:10.1086/696129

Ferguson, K., Bender, K., & Thompson, S. J. (2018). Risk and resilience factors associated with formal and informal income generation among homeless young adults in three U.S. cities. Youth & Society, 50(3), 351-376. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X15600722

Kim, Y., Bender, K., Ferguson, K., Begun, S., & DiNitto, D. (2018). Understanding trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder among homeless young adults: the importance of victimization experiences in childhood and once homeless. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 26(3) 131-142. https://doi-org.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/10.1177/1063426617710239

Ferguson, K. (2017). Nonvocational outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of two employment interventions for homeless youth. Research on Social Work Practice. doi:10.1177/1049731517709076

Ferguson, K., Helderop, E., Bender, K., & Grubesic, A. (2016). Predicting geographic transience in homeless young adults across three U.S. cities: Who are these frequent flyers and distance travelers? Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(7-8), 648-663. doi:10.1080/10911359.2016.1252706

Ferguson, K. (2016). From victims of market forces to entrepreneurs: Rethinking the role of supported employment and social entrepreneurship in behavioral health interventions. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 40(4), 397-409. doi:10.1080/23303131.2016.1157115

Ferguson, K., Bender, K., & Thompson, S. J. (2016). Predicting illegal income generation among homeless male and female young adults: Understanding strains and responses to strains. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 101-109. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.016

Maccio, E. M., & Ferguson, K. (2016). Services to LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth: Gaps and recommendations. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 47-57. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.008

Ferguson, K., Bender, K., & Thompson, S. J. (2015). Gender, coping strategies, homelessness stressors, and income generation among homeless young adults in three cities. Social Science and Medicine, 135, 47-55. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.04.028

Ferguson, K., & Maccio, E. M. (2015). Promising programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning runaway and homeless youths. Journal of Social Service Research, 41(5), 659-683. doi:10.1080/01488376.2015.1058879

Research Activity

Principal Investigator. Opportunities for Youth Initiative. Funded by the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence. (2019-present)

Principal Investigator. Employer Engagement and Youth Outreach/Retention Strategy in Phoenix. Funded by the National Philanthropic Trust and National 100K Opportunities Initiative. (2019-present)

Principal Investigator. Increasing income and wealth of middle-income households with opportunity youth in Maricopa County through a Workforce Engagement Center at Desert Sky Mall. Funded by Schmidt Futures. (2018-present)

Principal Investigator. Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth Award. (2018-present)

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 682Community Participation Strats
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
SWG 619Practice-Oriented Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 682Community Participation Strats
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
SWG 619Practice-Oriented Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 494Special Topics
CPP 494Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
CRD 494Special Topics
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
CPP 591Seminar
SWG 682Community Participation Strats
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
SWG 619Practice-Oriented Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
SWG 682Community Participation Strats
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Editorships

Editorial Board Reviewer, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Research on Adolescence

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Primary Prevention

Guest Reviewer, Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Juvenile Justice

Guest Reviewer, Youth & Society

Service

Co-Chair, Policy, Administration, and Community Practice (PAC) Curriculum Committee, ASU School of Social Work

Faculty Advisor, School of Social Work Standards Committee

Member, Doctoral Committee, ASU School of Social Work

Faculty Affiliate, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), ASU School of Social Work