Angela Bauer Pharris, PhD, MSW

Education: BSW Middle Tennessee State University (1998); MSW Spalding University (2002); PhD Public Administration Tennessee State University (2016)

Research Interests: Public policy implementation, child welfare administration and workforce development, youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood, field education

Dr. Pharris completed her BSW at Middle Tennessee State University (1998), her MSW at Spalding University (2002), and her PhD in Public Administration from Tennessee State University.

Dr. Pharris’s professional practice includes work in child welfare training and mental health. Over the course of her career she has been part of implementation of several programs, including a large training program for the state child welfare system in in Tennessee, a homeless outreach program, and assisted in the early development of a Mental Health Court in Nashville and Rutherford County, Tennessee.

Dr. Pharris’s research is focused on policy implementation, specifically state strategies for policy implementation in child welfare. Her dissertation focused on the actions of states to implement programs for youth aging out of foster care, and the impact of political culture on administrative choices. Dr. Pharris is also interested in child welfare workforce and workforce development, and believes the best strategy for a strong child welfare system is a supported workforce. Dr. Pharris has additional research interests in treatment and recovery courts, older youth in foster care and pedagogy of social work education and field education.