Jill Farrell is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and research faculty for The Institute for Innovation and Implementation where she conducts research and provides technical assistance in the development and implementation of a statewide evidence-based case management model for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and serves as the lead evaluator for several evidence-based programs implemented with children, youth, and families in Maryland. Dr. Farrell is also a Co-Investigator for a statewide multi-agency data collaborative that focuses on linking and leveraging administrative data systems to improve policy and practice. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, Dr. Farrell conducted applied policy research at the University of Maryland’s Innovations Institute, the Institute for Governmental Service and Research, the Urban Institute, and the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. She holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland, and a B.A. with distinction in Psychology from Boston College.
Selected Professional Positions
2004-2009 | Research Assistant, Institute for Governmental Service & Research, University of Maryland College Park
2009-2010 | Research Associate, Institute for Governmental Service & Research, University of Maryland College Park
2010-2011 | Project Director, Maryland Center for Juvenile Justice, Innovations Institute, University of Maryland School of Medicine
2011-2012 | Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
2012-present | Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
2014-present | Director of Research and Evaluation, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Selected Positions, Honors & Committees
- Member, Baltimore City Youth Justice and Equity Council (2015-2016)
- Member, American Society of Criminology (2000-2016)
- Member, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2001-2016)
- James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research, University of Maryland (2008)
- Member, Baltimore City Disproportionate Minority Contact Steering Committee and Advisory Board (2012-2014)
- Member, Maryland House of Delegates House Judiciary Committee’s Girls Services Workgroup (2012-2013)
Selected Presentations, Training & Teaching
Farrell, J., Betsinger, S., & Fanflik, P. (2016, March). Risk/Needs Assessment for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth Who Are Transitioning to Adulthood. Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Bright, C. L., Farrell, J., Painter, B., Winters, A., Lee, B. R., & Betsinger, S. (2016, January). Family Centered Treatment® and Juvenile Justice Outcomes. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Shaw, T., & Farrell, J., & Smith, P. (2015, March). Collaborative data partnerships: The promise and pitfalls of big data in the human services. Presented at the Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health Annual Research & Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.
Shaw, T.V., Farrell, J., Ayer, D., & Irvine, J. (2014, August). Using linked administrative data to examine involvement in child-serving systems: Linking information to enhance knowledge, Maryland’s multi-agency data collaborative. Workshop presented at the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Providence, RI.
Flanigan, P., Beal, S., & Farrell, J. (2013, January 24). Understanding the Department of Juvenile Services’ continuum of care. Workshop presented at the Maryland Association of Resources for Families & Youth Workshop.
Farrell, J. (2012, October). Using evidence-based programs to reduce disproportionate minority contact. Presented at the Disproportionate Minority Contact Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Farrell, J., & Mettrick, J. (2012, October 10). Evaluating the adoption and reach of evidence-based practices in Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services. Presented to the Penn State University Prevention Research Center. State College, PA.
Farrell, J. & Mettrick, J. (2012, October 25). Implementation of evidence-based practices in public systems for youth. Presented at the UM School of Social Work Research Lunch Time Seminar. Baltimore, MD.
Farrell, J., Kaye, S., & Flanigan, P. (2012, April). Using standardized assessment to monitor and improve the implementation of evidence-based programs for juvenile offenders. Workshop presented at the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications & Reports
Taxman, F.S., Henderson, C., Young, D., & Farrell, J. (2014). The impact of training interventions on organizational readiness to support innovations in juvenile justice offices. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41(2), 177-188.
Young, D.W., Farrell, J.L., & Taxman, F.S. (2013). Impacts of juvenile probation training models on youth recidivism. Justice Quarterly, 30(6), 1068-1089.
Farrell, J.L., Young, D.W., & Taxman, F.S. (2011). Effects of organizational factors on use of juvenile justice supervision practices. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38(6), 565-583.
Farrell, J., Young, D., & Betsinger, S. (2010). Pre-adjudication coordination and transition (PACT) center: Outcome and process evaluation. Prepared for Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.
Henderson, C.E., Young, D.W., Farrell, J., & Taxman, F.S. (2009). Associations among state and local organizational contexts: Use of evidence-based practices in the criminal justice system. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 103S, S23-S32.
Young, D.W., Farrell, J.L., Henderson, C.E., & Taxman, F.S. (2009). Filling service gaps: Providing intensive treatment services for offenders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 103S, S33-S42.
Young, D., Moline, K., Farrell, J., & Bierie, D. (2006). Best implementation practices: Disseminating new assessment technologies in a juvenile justice agency. Crime & Delinquency, 52(1), 135-158.