Crystal Collins-Camargo teaches at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and conducts research in the areas of child welfare, organizational interventions and juvenile court systems. She was formerly clinical assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and was engaged in a variety of grant-funded research, education and service projects in child welfare.
Dr. Collins-Camargo was director of the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services, a knowledge development initiative that involves multi-site research assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of provision of child welfare services by private organizations, and the nature of the public/private partnership required in such an approach. She also directed the Southern Regional Quality Improvement Center for Child Protection, which worked in a ten state region to promote knowledge development through research and demonstration projects focusing on the impact of clinical supervision on agency and client outcomes in child welfare. She has been principal investigator for several studies regarding the Kentucky court system’s effectiveness in responding to abused and neglected children and their families, and organizational interventions to improve permanency for children in out-of-home care.
Before coming to the University, she was formerly program director for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, and worked in the public child protection system as a worker, supervisor and statewide specialist.