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Dr. Doris Houston

Director, School of Social Work / Interim Director, MSW Student Services
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.

Current Courses

400Independent Study

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

Illinois State University Team Excellence Award

Illinois State University Office of the President
2017

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., Gjesfjeld, C., Avant, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (2017). Final Report-Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment. Chicago, IL: The Spencer Foundation.
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.
Houston, D. (2017). Permanency and Well-Being in the Context of Community: Central Region Rock Island Immersion Site Report. Normal, IL: Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies.

Technical Report

Avant, D., & Houston, D. First Star Academy FY17 Annual Report Q1-Q4. Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies
Avant, D., & Houston, D. First Star Academy FY17 Quarter 3 Report. Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies
Avant, D., & Houston, D. First Star Academy FY18 Quarter 1 Report. Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies
Houston, D., & Howard, J. Center for Adoption Studies Program Review. Illinois State University Office of the Provost
Houston, D., Montalvo , G., Bentlin, D., Lewis, R., Powers, R., , & . Illinois State University Climate Assessment Task Force Status Report and Recommended Action Items (2016-2017). http://illinoisstate.edu/president/campus-climate-taskforce/

Presentations

2016-2017 Climate Assessment Task Force: Pre-Meeting Report to the Board of Trustees.. Pre-Meeting Report to the Board of Trustees.. Illinois State University. (2017)
Former Foster Youth in College: A Needs and Assets Assessment and First Star ISU Academy. Student Affairs Council Meeting. Illinois State University. (2017)

Gjesfjeld, C.D., Houston, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (April 2017). Former foster youth in college: A needs and assets assessment. Roundtable session at American Educational Research Association – San Antonio, TX

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.
Houston, D., & Thomas, E. (2017). Data Informed Decision Making: EAF 463 guest lecture.
Houston, D., (2017). Permanency and Well-Being in the Context of Community. Champaign Saving Our Families Together Today (SOFTT).
Houston, D., (2017). Permanency and Well-Being in the Context of Community: Rock Island Immersion Site. DCFS Central Region CQI Collaborative Meeting.
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)

Grants & Contracts

First Star Academy. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Private donor. Other. (2017)
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services: Permanency Enhancement Project. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. State. (2017)
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)
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