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Panel 2: Youth Engagement

Lionel D. Scott, Jr., PhD
Lionel Scott

Lionel is an Associate Professor of Social Work and a Fellow at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. His expertise is in the area(s) of socio-cultural and interpersonal determinants of health, ethnic minority youth transitioning from the foster care system, and racial disparities in mental health service use.

Michelle Munson, PhD, LMSW
Michelle Munson

Michelle is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the mental health and overall well-being of marginalized transition-age youth and young adults, including young people who are or have been involved with the foster care system. Michelle is currently directing NIH-sponsored research studies focused on developing an intervention program designed to increase youth engagement in needed social and mental health services, while also reducing mental health symptoms, improving education, employment, residential stability, and community integration.

Clark Peters, PhD, JD, AM
Clark Peters

Clark Peters is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri School of Social Work and Truman School of Public Affairs, focusing his work primarily on child welfare, adolescents in state care, and juvenile justice. He is also is a Policy Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy, holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Missouri School of Law, and is a Faculty Director of Youth Development at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. Before arriving in Missouri in 2009, he spent 14 years as a researcher at Chapin Hall, a children’s policy research center at the University of Chicago. Dr. Peters received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his law degree from Cornell Law School, where he was articles editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. As a Skadden Fellow at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, he represented youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in civil rights actions. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in social policy from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has presented, taught, and written widely on issues of juvenile justice, foster care, and child welfare. His current research work focuses on youths in foster care, asset building, and youth engagement, and appears in Social Work, Missouri Law Review, and Children and Youth Services Review.

Anthony Turner
Anthony Turner

Anthony spent seven years in New York’s foster care system and is an excellent advocate and voice for foster youth and other youth who are involved with various child serving systems. While attending Columbia University, Anthony is employed as a Peer Specialist at the Mental Health Association of NYC. He has written articles for the New York Times and Huffington Post, and for the past six years has been a journalist for Youth Communication Represent - a magazine for and by foster youth. Anthony is a co-chair for the Youth Advisory Council at Youth Power!, president of the New Yorker’s for Children Youth Advisory Board, core member of Fostering Advocacy and Empowerment, and member of Youth in Progress at Administration for Children’s Services. Anthony’s main career goal is to become Commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.