Assistant Professor Lovie J. Jackson Foster earned her PhD in Social Work at the University of Washington in 2008. She completed a three-year T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Foster's research interests include the multidisciplinary study of health and health care disparities, collaborative care
models to address the health and mental health of traumatized underserved youth and families in diverse settings,
and health services research using community-based participatory research and health information technology.
Populations of interest are primarily African American youth and families, and other marginalized and traumatized populations
such as youth in foster care and low-income families. Her teaching interests include health services research,
health disparities, childhood and intergenerational/lifespan trauma, and diverse populations.
Catherine graduated from Drexel University in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology. She has worked with children in research studies at Thomas Jefferson University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at UPMC.
Currently, she is the research assistant for the Community T.I.E.S. lab and takes classes at Pitt for Communication Science Disorders and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Lauren graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh's Community T.I.E.S. lab, she worked as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation and the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University. Her research interests include education policy, online learning, and international development.
In addition to acting as a qualitative research analyst at Pitt, Lauren is also a research intern at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, where she is studying the use of folk arts education in K-8 schools.
Dillon graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2013 with a B.S. in Business Administration. After a year of AmeriCorps, he entered the MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 and anticipates graduation in April 2016.
His MSW programmatic field placement is at Allegheny General Hospital doing Drug and Alcohol work on Telemetry and Surgical Intensive Care Units. He has additional experience
working on policy and government projects through his time in ADA Compliance. He is currently the research intern for the Community T.I.E.S. lab and hopes to become more involved with future research projects.