Jennifer Bellamy

Jennifer Lee Bellamy


What I do

Despite the clear impact fathers have on their families, most child and family services do not well engage men as parents. We have a tremendous opportunity, and obligation, in the field of social work to support the well-being of children and parents by serving the whole family with effective interventions.


child welfare, evidence-based practice/implementation science, families and family systems, gender, research methods, social justice, veterans and the military, violence

Professional Biography

Jennifer Bellamy is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. At GSSW she teaches research and theory courses at the master's and doctoral levels. She received her master's of science in social work from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Before earning her Ph.D. she worked as a crisis counselor and a project coordinator for a multisite demonstration project serving young, unmarried, low-income fathers. Bellamy completed her PhD at the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2006 and postdoctoral training at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2008.

Bellamy's current research interests include the engagement of fathers in child and family services, child welfare and evidence-based practice. She published extensively in the area of evidence-based social work practice and is currently engaged in the development and testing of interventions to better serve fathers in child and family programs including home visiting and parent training.


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Columbia University, 2006
  • MSW, Social Work, University of Texas, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Other

Key Projects

  • Engaging Fathers and Paternal Relatives: A Continuous Quality Improvement Approach in the Child Welfare System
  • FRPN Fatherhood Program Evaluation

Featured Publications

Bellamy, J. L. (2009). A national study of male involvement among families in contact with the child welfare system. Child Maltreatment, 14(3), 255-262.
Thullen, M. J., McMillin, S. E., Korfmacher, J., Humphries, M., Bellamy, J. L., Henson, L., & Hans, S. (2014). Father Participation in a Community-Doula Home-Visiting Intervention for Young, African American Mothers. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(5), 422-434.
Bellamy, J. L., Matthew, T., & Sydney, H. (2015). Effect of Low-Income Unmarried Fathers' Presence at Birth on Involvement. Journal of Marriage and Family.
Brown, S. M., & Bellamy, J. L. (2017). Feasibility, Acceptability, and Clinical Trends of a Mindfulness-Informed Child Welfare Intervention: Implications for Trauma-Focused Practice. Advances in Social Work, 18(1), 369-386.
Guterman, N. B., Bellamy, J. L., & Banman, A. (2018). Promoting Father Involvement in Home Visiting Services for Vulnerable Families: Findings from a Pilot Study of Dads Matter. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 261-272.


Landers, A., Bellamy, J. L., & Danes, S. (2015). Child welfare-related outcomes of American Indian Children in Foster Care. Annual Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: National Council on Family Relations.
O'Connor, A. A., & Bellamy, J. L. (2017). Parenting self-efficay among veteran fathers: An exploratory study. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA: Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
Guterman, N. B., Bellamy, J. L., & Banman, A. (2017). Preliminary findings from a randomized study of an intervention to increase father engagement in home visiting. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA: Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
Bellamy, J. L. (2015). The Unique Context of Fathering. Society for Social Work and Research Conference. New Orleans, LA: Society for Social Work and Research.
Guterman, N. B., Bellamy, J. L., Aaron, B., & Mirque-Morales, S. (2015). How Can We Expand Home Visiting to Engage Dads? Strategies, Enhancements, and Early Program Impacts. Annual Program Meeting. Miami, FL: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.


  • Excellence in Mentoring to Doctoral Students Award, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
  • Phi Alpha Honorary Member, Phi Alpha Honor Society