Alfred Pérez, PhD
PhD, Social Welfare
Building/Room: Casey 330-05
Alfred G. Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Seattle University. Dr. Pérez’s research program focuses on the transition to adulthood for youth with foster care histories, which he examines with two complementary lines of research. One research line focuses on post-permanency well-being, where Dr. Pérez investigates indicators of well-being among youth who gain legal permanency; the other line focuses on the utilization of federally funded independent living services by youth who age out of the foster care system. Dr. Pérez brings to these lines of inquiry his expertise as a scholar and his commitment to justice for foster youth; more than these, he brings a rich, experiential history to his scholarship as someone who himself aged out of foster care.
His scholarship has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Child and Adolescent Social Work, Children & Schools, Children and Youth Services Review, Child Welfare, Families in Society, The Future of Children, and Qualitative Social Work, as well as multiple technical reports, policy briefs, and book chapters. Dr. Pérez regularly presents his work at international, national, and local research and practitioner conferences and is recurrently invited as a keynote speaker or lecturer across the county.
Dr. Pérez’s professional experiences before academia span state government, direct child welfare practice, social welfare policy, and the federal government. Most notably, Dr. Pérez’s tenure with former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s administration included reforming the Child Protection Services system. He served as a policy analyst for the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, and at Westat he was on a team that developed the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), which tracks federal independent living services and youth outcomes during emerging adulthood.
Dr. Pérez is a 2020 recipient of the Child Welfare League of America’s “100 Champions for Children,” an award that recognizes numerous individual and group efforts to promote child well-being and advance the field of child welfare. The Foster Care Alumni of America honored Dr. Pérez on their social media platforms during their 2020 Foster Care Awareness Month campaign.
Dr. Pérez received his Ph.D. from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, his MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and BSW from School of Social Work at San José State University.