Linda Lausell Bryant
Areas of Expertise
Child welfare practice, policy and program development; college-going among foster care youth; adolescent development; teen pregnancy prevention; development of parenting competencies in teen parents; conflict resolution and mediation; clinical practice with Latino youth and families; poverty; child well-being; nonprofit management and leadership for social work professionals; and family and macro-systems change
Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant began college at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras campus and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Pace University, her Master of Social Work degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work of the City University of New York, and her Doctor of Philosophy from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her dissertation study compared the amounts and sources of perceived social support for college-going between foster care and non-foster care students. She has served as member-at-large on the board of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers from 2011-2014 and serves on the board The National Crittenton Foundation, which seeks to empower young women and girls, including young mothers. Dr. Lausell Bryant was interviewed by New York Times journalist Adam Bryant for his Corner Office column in May 2011, and her insights were featured in Mr. Bryant’s book titled Quick & Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEO’s on How to Create a Culture of Innovation. She is a frequent presenter on panels, in conferences, and on television appearances including WABC’s Tiempo, Here and Now, One to One with Sheryl McCarthy, and NY1. She was honored by the New York Academy of Medicine in 2009 as the Distinguished Social Work Student. She has served on the board of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Child Welfare Watch Advisory Board, and was named a National Gimbel Child and Family Scholar.
Dr. Lausell Bryant’s career spans 30 years in youth services in both the private and public sectors. Her work in government includes serving as associate commissioner for the Office of Youth Development at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. She was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Panel for Education Policy. At Inwood House, she convened a Citywide Dialogue on Teen Pregnancy, which featured stakeholders from government child welfare, health, education, and poverty agencies, as well as research, philanthropy, policy, and service providing agencies. She has used her extensive knowledge of youth development to launch program initiatives in the violence prevention, reproductive health, child welfare, and after school arenas.
Dr. Lausell Bryant’s professional interests focus on research and practice issues related to child welfare outcomes for youth; professional development for child welfare staff; models for developing parenting skills among teen parents; the intersection of race, ethnicity, and social justice; culturally competent practice; the use of self in management and leadership roles; and the role of spirituality in mental health and adolescent development.