Keunhye Park

Keunhye  Park
  • Assistant Professor - Tenure


  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • BSEd, University of Michigan


  • Child welfare’s interactions with multiple systems
  • Child welfare-juvenile justice interaction
  • Child maltreatment and child welfare services and policy
  • Educational experiences for vulnerable youth
  • Adolescent development and the transition to adulthood


  • The California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH). Funded by Walter J. Foundation and The University of Chicago. 2021-2022.
  • Eliminating Misrepresentation Between Races Allowing Cultural Equity (EMBRACE): Kent County Child Welfare Race Equity Project. Funded by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Michigan Public Health Institute. 2020-2023.


  • Park, K., Victor, B., Perron, B., & Ryan, J., *Braun, B. (2022). Persistent racial disproportionality in investigated and substantiated child maltreatment reports: Trend analysis before and during the COVID-19 pandemic (2019-2020). Journal of Public Child Welfare, 1-20. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2022.2153960.
  • Park, K. & Courtney, M. E. (2022). Mitigating risks of incarceration among transition-age foster youth: Considering domains of social bonds. Special Issue. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s10560-022-00891-z.
  • Park, K. (2022). Is juvenile justice system involvement context-dependent?: The differential experiences of older foster youth in the context of extended foster care. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-18. doi: 10.1007/s10560-022-00840-w.
  • Heath, R. & Park, K., *Millwar. S. (2021). Opportunities for positive youth development: The organized activity participation and educational outcomes of adolescents in adoptive, foster, and kinship care. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,1-20.
  • Huang, H., Williams, A., Park, K., & Ryan, J. (2021). Early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic and investigations of child maltreatment: An empirical study of administrative data. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Advisor, 33(2). 26-35.
  • Park, K., Okpych, N. J., & Courtney, M. E. (2019). Psychotropic medication use and perceptions of medication effects among transition-age foster youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36(6), 583-597. doi:10.1007/s10560-019-00605-y
  • Okpych, N.J., Feng, H., Park, K., Torres-García, A., & Courtney, M.E. (2018). Living situations and social support in the era of extended foster care: A view from the U.S. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies: International Journal 9(1), 6-29.
  • Ryan, J., Perron, B., Moore, A., Victor, B., & Park, K. (2017). Timing matters: A randomized control trial of recovery coaches in foster care. Journal of Substance Abuse and Treatment, 77, 178-184


  • Research Sequence Committee, MSU School of Social Work
  • Reviewer, Children and Youth Services Review
  • Reviewer, Journal of Public Child Welfare
  • Member, International Research Network on Transition to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC)
  • Member, Society for Social Work and Research
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education
  • Member, American Educational Research Association
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Mental Health and Social Behaviour


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