Laurel Bidwell, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Assistant Professor


I am greatly committed to supporting the wellbeing of marginalized children and families. I have a particular interest in evaluation research as a way of ensuring that programs and services are meeting the needs of highly vulnerable families; especially those involved with the child welfare system. I am invested in collaborative, mixed-method, community-based, interdisciplinary research that is built from the ground up. My teaching emphasizes the role of critical thinking and I’m interested in pedagogy related to online and blended learning in order to strengthen student access to and engagement with course material. I currently have the pleasure of teaching across all three programs: BSW, MSW, DSW.

  • Program evaluation
  • Mixed methods research
  • Cross-systems collaboration/multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Child welfare
  • Juvenile justice
  • Child mental health
  • At-risk youth
  • Parenting

York University, Toronto, ON, 2007

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, 2006

Master of Arts, Developmental Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, 2006

Master of Social Work, Clinical Casework
Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, New York, 1994

Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Studies and Printmaking
Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 1989

A mixed method evaluation of the cross over youth practice model. Casey Family Program. (2012–Present)

Substance abuse among suburban youth: A prospective Study. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2000–2004)

Vulnerability and competence among suburban youth: A seven-wave longitudinal study. William T. Grant Foundation. (2000–2004)

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN, 2014–Present

Instructor/community faculty, School of Social Work: University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, 2007–Present

Graduate Instructor, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1999–2002

Social Worker/Crisis counselor/Day Program Coordinator: Division of Youth Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, ON, 1995–1998

Youth Case Manager, Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto, ON, 1995

Haight, W.L, & Bidwell, L.N. (2016). "Mixed methods research for social work: Integrating methodologies to strengthen practice and policy." Lyceum, Chicago, IL L

Luthar, S. S., & Zelazo, L. B. (2003). "Research on resilience: An integrative review. In S. S. Luthar (Ed.), Resilience and vulnerability." Adaptation in the context of childhood adversities (pp. 510-549). Cambridge University Press.

Haight, W., Bidwell, L.N., Marshall, J.M., Khatiwoda, P. (2014). "Implementing the Crossover Youth Practice Model in Diverse Contexts: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals’ Experiences of Multisystem Collaborations." Children and Youth Services Review.

Bidwell, L. (2014). "Peer reviewed book review: Sachiko Bamba and Wendy Haight (2011). Child Welfare and Development: A Japanese Case Study." Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice. Special Issue: Ethnography.

Gearing, R., Selkirk, E., Koren, G., Leslie, M, Motz, M, Zelazo, L.B., McNeill, T., Lozier, F. (2008). "Perspectives of Mothers with Substance Use Problems on Father Involvement." Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Haight, W.L, & Bidwell, L.N. (2016). "Mixed Methods Social Work Research: Integrating Methodologies to Strengthen Practice and Policy." Lyceum, Chicago, IL

Bidwell, L.N., Khatiwoda, P., Wilson, R., & Haight, W.L. (2015). "The Crossover Youth Practice Model: Multiple Perspectives on Family Engagement in the First Year of Implementation." Paper presentation for the Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference: The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity.

Bidwell, L.N., Haight, W.L., & Khatiwoda, P. (2014). "Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Professionals’ Experiences of Multisystem Collaborations." Paper presentation for the Council on Social Work Education 60th Annual conference.

Haight, W.L., & Bidwell, L.N. (2014). "A mixed methods inquiry into multisystem collaboration involving juvenile justice professionals, child welfare professionals and families." Paper presentation for the Mixed Methods International Research Association 1st Annual conference.