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Kristin Ferguson-Colvin, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor


The City University of New York

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College


Room 454

2180 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10035


Tel: 212-396-7553

Fax: 212-396-7647

Email: kferg[at]hunter.cuny.edu





Biography Research Interests Publications Funded Research Projects
Vita Teaching Education and Experience



Biographical Sketch

Dr. Kristin M. Ferguson is an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of vocational interventions for homeless youth that integrate employment and clinical services, including supported employment and social enterprises.

She was previously the principal investigator of an international, inter-disciplinary research project that identified best practices in faith-based organizations servicing street-living children in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi. Additionally, she led a feasibility study with homeless young adults in Hollywood to evaluate the impact of participation in an income-generating cooperative on diverse health, mental health and social outcomes. From 2006-2009, she was funded to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of community-based services for vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya and separately, for youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation in five cities in the United States. From 2008-2009, she was the principal investigator of a study examining the migration, mental health, substance abuse and employment patterns among street youth across Los Angeles, CA; Austin, TX; St. Louis, MO; Denver, CO; and New Orleans, LA. From 2009-2011, she was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to test an employment intervention for homeless youth (ages 16-24) with mental illness. The Social Enterprise Intervention (SEI) is a vocational intervention integrated with clinical services that is designed to train homeless youth with mental illness in vocational and business skills and to support them in starting an affirmative business/social enterprise. During that period, she was also funded by Columbia University to test the feasibility of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment with homeless youth with mental illness in two drop-in centers in Los Angeles. She is currently working with several youth organizations in East Harlem, NY to adapt the IPS model with at-risk young adults. In partnership with SCAN-NY, she also received funding from the New York Community Trust to design, implement and evaluate a service engagement and delivery model for at-risk children, youth and families in East Harlem.

At both national and international conferences, she has presented papers on her work with street children, social development initiatives, social capital and vocational interventions for homeless youth. Additionally, she has published her work in journals such as Research on Social Work Practice, Social Work Research, Social Work, Journal of Interpersonal Violence,Community Mental Health Journal, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Youth & Society, Evaluation Review, and International Social Work. She also serves as a reviewer for Social Thought, Journal of Community Practice, International Social Work and for Social Problems.

Dr. Ferguson teaches courses in social planning, social policy, theories and perspectives in youth development, and global social work and social development.


Research Interests

Homelessness and runaway youth, commercial and sexual exploitation of children, social enterprises, competitive employment (Individual Placement and Support [IPS] model), university-agency research partnerships, global social work




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Education and Professional Experience

2003: Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
1996: M.S.W., University of Michigan School of Social Work
1994: B.A., Psychology and Spanish, University of Virginia

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