Dr. Tyreasa Washington
Senior Program Area Director & Distinguished Senior Scholar – Child Welfare
Dr. Tyreasa Washington is Child Trends’ senior program area director and distinguished senior scholar for child welfare. She is also a professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and the founding director of the African American Families and Kinship Care Lab. Currently, Tyreasa is the principal investigator of two Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-funded studies. One study examines the impact of family on the social, academic, and behavioral outcomes of African American children in kinship care, and the other examines the risk and promotive factors of health (e.g., Alzheimer’s, stress) among African Americans providing kinship care. She is a nationally and internationally recognized leading scholar in the child welfare field, and her life and research share an overarching goal of translating knowledge into beneficial, meaningful mechanisms that promote the healthy development of children and families.