Sara Feldman

Senior Researcher

Dr. Sara Wolf Feldman is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She studies the development, implementation, and impact of reform initiatives within various human service contexts, with an emphasis on child protection systems. Feldman’s work has recently focused on the at-scale adoption of both experimental and evidence-based practices and workforce time use. Feldman has extensive experience providing technical assistance to communities, private agencies, and public human service systems to ensure that strategic plans and approaches to performance measurement are closely aligned with coherent theories of change. Feldman is currently the Principal Investigator of two large-scale Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration projects, both of which involve frequent and regular dissemination, interpretation, and application of evaluation findings into the broader practice arena. In addition to her research and evaluation activities, Feldman serves as one of the instructors for Chapin Hall’s Center for State Child Welfare Data’s signature seminar, “Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration.”

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Feldman spent several years working for a large foster care agency in New York City in its therapeutic foster boarding home program. There, she provided case management and clinical support to children in out-of-home care and their caregivers.

Feldman earned a PhD in Social Work, a Master of Philosophy, and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University.

PhD in Social Work, Columbia University

Master of Social Work, Columbia University

Master of Philosophy, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Rutgers University