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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Amy S. He

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Southern California


  • child welfare and child/family well-being
  • cross-systems collaboration (child welfare, substance use treatment, mental health systems)
  • community and neighborhood child abuse prevention
  • social dynamics and child maltreatment
  • community-based partnerships
  • quantitative and mixed methods


Assistant Professor Amy He’s research and scholarship focus on both local and national cross-systems collaboration between child welfare and specialized service systems (e.g., substance abuse, mental health). Her current research examines effective collaboration strategies and the delivery of targeted services to families involved in child welfare. He also collaborates with community and national partners on research exploring the impact of social dynamics on neighborhood rates of child maltreatment. Because families involved in child welfare often have multiple needs, He works with community partners and national leaders to develop strong collaborative partnerships that expedite linkages and access to critical resources and service.

He was an Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau Doctoral Fellow while completing her PhD. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience and has worked as a case manager for individuals with developmental delays, school counselor, child sexual abuse therapist and child welfare adoption worker for Los Angeles County.

He has experience teaching social work practice with individuals, families and groups as well as evidence-based interventions for social workers. At GSSW, she teaches courses in evidence for practice and foster care and permanency.