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Kristin Ferguson

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

Kristin Ferguson is an associate 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 disconnected youth that integrate employment and clinical services, including supported employment and social enterprises.

She was previously the principal investigator of an international, inter-disciplinary research project that identified best practices in faith-based organizations servicing street-living children in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi. Additionally, she led a feasibility study with homeless young adults in Hollywood to evaluate the impact of participation in an income-generating cooperative on diverse health, mental health and social outcomes. From 2006-2009, she was funded to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of community-based services for vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya and separately, for youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation in five cities in the United States. From 2008-2009, she was the principal investigator of a study examining the migration, mental health, substance abuse and employment patterns among street youth across Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; St. Louis, MO; Denver, CO; and New Orleans, LA. From 2009-2011, she was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to test an employment intervention for homeless youth (ages 16-24) with mental illness. The Social Enterprise Intervention (SEI) is a vocational intervention integrated with clinical services that is designed to train homeless youth with mental illness in vocational and business skills and to support them in starting an affirmative business/social enterprise. During that period, she was also funded by Columbia University to test the feasibility of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment with homeless youth with mental illness in two drop-in centers in Los Angeles. From 2012-2013, she was funded to adapt the IPS model with at-risk young adults with mental illness in East Harlem and to evaluate IPS participation on employment, mental health, functional, and behavioral outcomes.

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
Publications
  • 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
  • Helderop, E., Ferguson, K., Grubesic, A., & Bender, K. (2017). Predicting homeless young adults’ movement: Artificial neural networks and generalized linear models. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
  • 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). Risk and resilience factors associated with formal and informal income generation among homeless young adults in three U.S. cities. Youth & Society. doi:10.1177/0044118X11402851
  • 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
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

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

Faculty Advisor, School of Social Work Standards Committee

Representative to the Western Schools’ Think Tank, ASU School of Social Work

Member, Doctoral Committee, ASU School of Social Work

Member, MSW Foundation Curriculum Committee, ASU School of Social Work

Faculty Affiliate, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC),

ASU School of Social Work

Representative to the College of Public Service & Community Solutions Grievance Committee

Representative to the University Hearing Board, Arizona State University