Shauna Lea Rienks
Research Associate Professor, Senior Research Analyst, Butler Institute for Families
What I do
My goal is to improve child and family well-being through culturally sensitive research/evaluation efforts that reflect individual, family, and community needs. Toward that end, I rely on rigorous research and knowledge of best practices to engage in collaborative program evaluation, consultation, and capacity building.
child welfare, children and youth, evidence-based practice/implementation science, families and family systems, gender, intervention research, K-12 education, mental and behavioral health, race and ethnicity, research methods
Shauna Rienks, PhD, is a research associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and a senior research analyst at the Butler Institute for Families. She is an expert in child welfare workforce development, child development, family relationships and well-being across the lifespan, and social determinants of health.
Rienks has over 15 years of experience at the national, state, and local levels in research and evaluation, with strengths in research design, development and testing of measurement tools, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and research and evaluation consulting and capacity-building. She has led several federally funded longitudinal studies, including an examination of the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children's health, organization-level integration of services, early literacy programming, community need for services, and the development of a 360 leadership assessment and feedback process for child welfare staff that has been widely adopted.
- Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Denver, 2007
- MA, Developmental Psychology, University of Denver, 2005
- BA, Psychology, Princeton University, 1995
Licensure / Accreditations
- Certified Mediator
- Society for Social Work and Research
- Best Mixed Methods Article, Journal of Social Work Education