Office: 210, 167 Ferry Street
Windsor, ON N9A 0C5
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6773
Scholarly Interests/Areas of Expertise
- Child welfare systems, workers, and practice
- Evidence-based Practice
- Organizational functioning
- Decision making
- Implementation Science
- Knowledge Translation
- Quantitative research & Statistical analyses
- Ph.D., University of Toronto
- M.S.W., Dalhousie University
- B.S.W., Ryerson University
- B.A. (hon.), York University
Kristen Lwin has been working in social services over the past two decades. Kristen has worked in child welfare (Intake, Ongoing services, Children’s services) and with victims and witnesses of intimate partner violence and sexual violence in the criminal justice system. She has also worked in child welfare research and evaluation and as Executive Director of a knowledge translation organization for child welfare organizations across Canada. Kristen has taught the application of policy to practice, research, and engaging families in child welfare practice. Kristen is passionate about developing a strong child welfare curriculum to equip students for effective child welfare practice and understanding how child welfare workers and organizations can strengthen their practice and system to improve the outcomes of children and families served by child welfare.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Lwin, K., Fallon, B., Filippelli, J., & Trocmé, N. (in press). A Multilevel Examination of Whether Child Welfare Worker Characteristics Predict the Substantiation Decision in Canada. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605221120911
Lwin, K., Laryea, A., Walker, H., Elgie, C. Head, S, & Gizzarelli, R. (2022). Evidence-informed Decision-making Training in Child Welfare: Evaluation of a Proof of Concept. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work, 19(4), 475-492.
Lwin, K., Filippelli, J., Fallon, B., King, J., & Trocmé, N. (2022). The risk of future maltreatment: Examining whether worker characteristics predict their perception. Child Maltreatment, 27(4), 572-584.
Lwin, K. & Beltrano, N. (2022). Rethinking evidence-based and evidence-informed practice: a call for evidence-informed decision making in social work education and child welfare practice. Social Work Education, 41(2), 166-174
Filippelli, J., Fallon, B., Lwin, K., & Gantous, A. (2021). Infants and toddlers investigated by the child welfare system: Exploring the decision to provide ongoing child welfare services. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 11, 1-15.
Fallon, B., Lefebvre, R., Collin-Vezina, D., Houston, E., Joh-Carnella, N., Malti, T., Filippelli, Schumaker, K., Manel, W., Kartush, M., Cash, S., Fluke, J., King, B., Black, T., Vandermorris, A., Halverson, J., Smith, E., Lwin, K., Budau, K., … Trocmé, N. (2020). Checklist - Screening for economic hardship for child welfare-involved families during the COVID-19 pandemic: A rapid partnership response. Child Abuse and Neglect, 110, 104706.
Filippelli, J., Lwin, K., Fallon, B., Trocmé, N. (2020). Young children and ongoing child welfare services: A multilevel examination of clinical and worker characteristics. Child Maltreatment, 26(2), 195-204.
Lwin, K., Fallon, B., Fluke, J., Trocmé, N., & Mishna, F. (2018). A changing workforce: What worker qualifications are valued in child welfare? Child Abuse & Neglect, 81, 170-180.
Lwin, K., Fluke, J., Fallon, B., Trocmé, N., & Mishna, F. (2018). Ongoing child welfare services: Understanding the relationship of worker and organizational characteristics to service provision. Child Abuse & Neglect, 80, 334-344.
Lwin, K. (2018). Challenging assumptions: Using research to assess child welfare worker qualifications. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Nikolova, K., Lwin, K., & Fluke, J. (2017). Attitudes on the Responsibility for Child Safety: Key Child Protection Worker Characteristics. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 11(3), 313-338.
Graaf, G., McBeath, B., Lwin, K., Holmes, D., & Austin, M. (2017). Supporting evidence-informed practice in human service organizations: An exploratory study of Link Officers. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 41(1), 48-75.
Lwin, K., Wedeles, J., & Brady, E. (2017). The role of technology in evidence-informed practice: Uniting the human and the digital in child welfare. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 5(1), 67-72.
Fallon, B., Trocmé, N., Van Wert, M., Budau, K., Ballantyne, M., & Lwin, K. (2015). Increasing research capacity in Ontario child welfare organizations: A unique university-child welfare agency partnership. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(2), 271-282.
Lwin, K., Versanov, A., Cheung, C., Goodman, D., & Andrews, N. (2014). The use of mapping in child welfare investigations: A strengths-based hybrid intervention. Child Care in Practice, 20(1), 81-97.
Saini, M., Black, T., Lwin, K., Marshall, A., Fallon, B., & Goodman, D. (2012). Child protection workers’ experiences of working with high-conflict separating families. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(7), 1309-1316.
Cheung, C., Lwin, K., & Jenkins, J. (2012). Helping children in-care succeed: Influence of caregiver involvement on academic outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(6), 1092-1100.
Lwin, K. & Zoppi, L. (2012). Foster Caregiver Cluster Group Evaluation. Canada’s Children, 18(2), 16-23.
Lwin, K., Schatia, D., & Black, T. (2011). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Respite Pilot Program: A Collaboration. Ontario Association of Children Aid Societies (OACAS) Journal. 56(2), 21-23.
Peer Reviewed Presentations
Lwin, K., Duarte, F., & Beltrano, N. (November 2022). Integration of Evidence-based Practice curriculum in a Bachelor of Social Work capstone course: A proof-of-concept. Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, California.
Lwin, K., Musa, M., Shi, X., Oloya, L., Beltrano, N., Rasteniene, J., Dignam, M., Moody,, B., Wright , R. (October 2022). Engagement and child welfare services: youth, caregivers’, and workers’ perception of engagement via remote communication. Canadian Association of Social Work Education CASWE-ACFTS Annual Virtual Conference.
Lee, B., Lwin, K., Ma, J., Zhao, R., & Thieu, V. (October 2022). Education and Training in Working with Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System: A 20-Year Scoping Review. Canadian Association of Social Work Education CASWE-ACFTS Annual Virtual Conference.
McMurphy, S., Lwin, K., & Kwantes, K. (June 2022). Shifting the paradigm from engaging in trust to developing trustworthiness: Perspectives on enhancing professional education. Qualitative Analysis Conference. St. John’s Newfoundland.
Lwin, K. & Fallon, B. (March 2022). Examining the Role of Child Protection Worker Characteristics in the Substantiation Decision. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, virtual.
Lwin, K. & Musa, M., Beltrano, N., Oloya, L., Rasteniene, J., Dignam, M., Moody, B., & Wright, R. (March 2022). Engagement and child protection services: How do workers and caregivers perceive the impact of remote communication during a pandemic? International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, virtual.
Lee, B., Lwin, K., Ma, J., Thieu, V., & Zhao, R. (March 2022). Education and Training in Working with Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System: A 20-Year Scoping Review. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, virtual.
Lwin, K. & Fallon, B. (2021). Examining child welfare workers and organizations: The role of multilevel modeling. The European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), virtual.
Lwin, K. & Fallon, B. (2021). Decision making in child welfare: Examining the role of child welfare workers. The European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), virtual.
Lwin, K. (March 2021). Bringing Evidence-informed Practice to Social Work Education. International Social Work Education and Development Online Conference. Rimini, Italy, virtual.
Lwin, K. & Brady, E. (March 2021 Workshop). Re-conceptualizing Evidence-informed Practice Curriculum in Social Work Education. International Social Work Education and Development Conference. Rimini, Italy, virtual.
Lwin, K., Filippelli, J., & Fallon, B. (April 23-25, 2020) Ongoing Child Welfare Service Provision: What Clinical and Worker Characteristics Predict Service for Families with Young Children. Annual Pediatrics and Neonatology Summit. Boston, MA, virtual.
Cheung, C., Lwin, K., & Flynn, R. (May 31, 2019). Helping children receiving out-of-home care succeed: Promoting foster caregiver’s capacity to support literacy development (Symposium). Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax.
Research Funded Projects
Lwin, K. (2022) Examining the role of asynchronous and synchronous teaching in social work online education. University of Windsor, Office of Open Learning. CAD $1,000
Lwin, K. & Wright, R. (2021). Effective Remote Engagement of Child Welfare Service Users During the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – Partnership Engage Grant COVID-19. CAD $24,806.
Cheung, C. & Lwin, K. (2020). Meeting the Literacy Needs of Indigenous Children Receiving Out-of-Home Care through the Bookworm Club: Tailoring of a Literacy Framework. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, Covid-19 Grant. CAD $98,400.
Lwin, K. (2020). Supporting Evidence-based Practice in Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society. Principal Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – Partnership Engage Grant. CAD $24,104.