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Dr. Doris Houston

Associate Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work
Office
Rachel Cooper - RC 203
Office Hours
Tues, 10 am-1pm; Thurs 1pm-4pm or by appt
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Biography

Dr. Doris Houston serves jointly as Director of the Center for Adoption Studies and Associate Professor of Social Work at Illinois State University (ISU) in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Prior to her 12-year tenure at ISU, Dr. Houston served as a program evaluator for the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois, and a Child Welfare Administrator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Research Interests & Areas

Higher education access and outcomes for underserved populations; foster and adopted youth; diversity and social justice.

Ph D Human Development and Family Studies

University of Illinois
Urbana- Champaign

MS Human Development and Family Studies

University of Illinois
Urbana- Champaign

BS Social Work

University of Illinois
Urbana- Champaign

Outstanding College Service Award

ISU College of Arts and Science
2016

Summer Faculty Fellows Award: (2015-present)

Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences
2015

ISU Faulty Impact Award Recipient: Illinois State University (April, 2014).

Office of the Provost
2014

ISU Provost Leadership Initiative Appointee

Illinois State University Office of the Provost
2013

Chairman’s Award: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

African American Advisory Council
2011

Monograph

Geiger, J., Gholson, T., & Houston, D. (2016). Foster Care Alumni and Higher Education: Recommendations to Improve Higher Education Access, Enrollment, and Success in Illinois. Chicago, IL: Jane Adams College of Social Work.
Houston, D., Gjesfjeld, C., Miller-Ott, C., Gholson, T., Schaeffer, L., & Brown, M. (2016). Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment. Normal, IL: Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies.

Research Report

Houston, D., & Sheridan, K. Houston & Sheridan (2014). Permanency, Disproportionality and Disparity in the Central Region Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. (June 30, 2013)Illinois Permanency Enhancement Project: FY 2014 Year End Report. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: 50 pages.

Technical Report

Houston, D., & Howard, J. Center for Adoption Studies Program Review. Illinois State University Office of the Provost

Presentations

Gjesfjeld, C., Houston, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (2016). Former Foster Youth in College: A Needs and Assets Assessment. American Educational Research Association (AERA), Unit: Division J - Postsecondary Education; Section: Division J - Section 2b: College Student Success and Outcomes.
Former Foster Youth in College: A Needs and Assets Assessment. American Educational Research Association. (2016)
Improving Educational and Employment Outcomes for Youth in Care.. IDCFS 2016 Inaugural Transformation Summit.. IDCFS. (2016)
Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence at Illinois State University- Part I.. ISU Provost's Leadership Initiative. Office of the Provost. (2016)
Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence at Illinois State University- Part II.. Provost's Leadership Initiative. Office of the Provost. (2016)
New Faculty Orientation- Diversity Workshop. ISU New Faculty Orientation. CTLT. (2016)
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Promoting Critical Thought And Inclusive Perspectives In The Classroom. Culturally Responsive Campus Community 2016 Conference. CRCC at Illinois State University. (2016)
On the Pathway to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence at Illinois State University. ISU Administrator's Retreat, Fall 2016. Office of the Provost. (2016)
Year 1 Executive Summary: Higher Education as the Lifeline. IDCFS Research Presentation. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. (2016)
Houston, D. & Kilgore, L. (October 15, 2016). “College Success Among Former Foster Youth: Implications for Campus Support Programs”. Brown Bag Series, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at ISU.

Grants & Contracts

First Star Academy. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Private donor. Other. (2016)
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: Permanency Enhancement. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. State. (2016)
Assessing the needs and assets of foster youth in college. ISU College of Arts and Science (Summer Faculty Fellowship). Illinois State University. (2015)
CAS Summer Faculty Fellowship. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2015)
Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment.. Spencer Foundation. Private. (2015)
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