University of Wisconsin-Madison

School of Social Work      

Leah Gjertson_2

Leah Gjertson is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work. She works as a Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Financial Security. Her work centers on child welfare system outcomes and the economic security and well-being of low-income families and other vulnerable populations.  Her dissertation research, which examines the economic circumstances and risk of intergenerational maltreatment among foster care alumni, is supported by a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.  Prior experience includes working as a Project Assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty, a Program and Policy Analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Office of Research and Policy, a law clerk for the Department of Human Services Division of the Iowa Office of the Attorney General, and as a student attorney at the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights.  Leah has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School.

Leah Gjertson CV

Academic Advisors   Lawrence Berger (Chair) and J. Michael Collins

Research and Teaching Interests   Child welfare, Poverty, Social Policy, Financial social work,  Criminal justice, Program evaluation, Experimental research