Dr. Kristen Lwin

Kristen Lwin
Assistant Professor

Office: 210, 167 Ferry Street
Windsor, ON N9A 0C5
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6773
E-mail: Kristen.Lwin@uwindsor.ca

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

Educational Background

  • 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., King, J., Fallon, B., Filippelli, J., & Trocmé, N. (2021). The risk of future maltreatment: Examining whether worker characteristics predict their perception. Child Maltreatment, 1-11.
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. & Beltrano, N. (2020). 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, 1-9.

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.

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.

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.

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). Signs of Safety: A strengths-based hybrid intervention. Child Care in Practice, 20(1).

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 and Invited Presentations

Filippelli, J., Fallon, B., Lwin, K., & King, B. (April 11-12, 2019). Child welfare involved infants, young children and their families: An exploration of child protection investigations (Symposium). Expanding Horizons for Expanding the Early Years: From Science to Practice, Toronto, Ontario.

Lwin, K. (November 2018). The relationship between worker and organizational characteristics to ongoing child welfare services. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Orlando, Florida.

Lwin, K., Nikolova, K., & Tarshis, S. (November 2016). Twenty years of child maltreatment investigations: Changing maltreatment types and worker characteristics. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Atlanta, Georgia. 

Lwin, K. (November 2016). Research in Child Welfare Practice: The Role of Social Work Education. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Atlanta, Georgia.

Lwin, K., Head, S., Wedeles, J., Turpin, A., & Fernandes, A. (September 14, 2016). Predictors of research use in child welfare workers and supervisors. European Scientific Association for Children and Families (EUSARF), Oviedo, Spain.

Nikolova, K., Lwin, K., & Fluke, J. (October 26, 2015). Family preservation or child safety? How experience and position shape child welfare workers’ perspectives. International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nikolova, K. & Lwin, K. (June 4, 2015). Responsibility for Child Safety: Examination of Child Welfare Worker Attitudes in the Colorado and Illinois Child Welfare Systems. Canadian Association of Social Work Education Conference (CASWE), Ottawa, Ontario.

Lwin, K. (May 27, 2015). Implementing Evidence-informed Practice in Child Welfare: The Role of the Organization. Global Implementation Conference (GIC), Dublin, Ireland.

Lwin, K. & Good, B. (May 2014). Managing the impact of organizational change in children's mental health and child welfare: A coordinated response. Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference (CASWE), St. Catherine’s. ON.

Lwin, K. (October 11, 2012). Respite for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder involved with the child welfare system. 8th International Short Break Association Conference, Toronto, ON.

Lwin, K. (November 2, 2011). Foster Caregiver Cluster Group Evaluation. Foster Parent Association, Toronto, ON.

Cheung, C. & Lwin, K. (November 2, 2011). Helping children in care succeed: Understanding the contextual influences of academic achievement. Foster Parent Association, Toronto, ON.

Cheung, C. & Lwin, K. (May 31, 2011). Helping children in care succeed: Understanding the contextual influences of academic achievement. Practice and Research Together Conference, Educational Outcomes of Children Living in Out-of-home Care, Ottawa, ON

Lwin, K. (May 2004). Using a Training Team to develop child welfare workers. Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Conference, Mississauga, ON.

Research Funded Projects

Cheung, C., Lwin, K., & Flynn, R. (Co-principal investigator). (2016). Bookworm Club: A Provincial Pilot Evaluation. Executive Leadership Ontario Child Welfare. CAN $30,000.