DePanfilis, Diane | MSW | PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Research & Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7867
Office: 706
Areas of Expertise:
Social Work Intervention Research
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Implementation Science
Child Welfare Policies, Programs, & Practice

Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore; Social Work
M.S.W., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee; Social Work
B.A,  Villa Maria College; Sociology, Social Welfare

Child Welfare: Foundations of Practice
Intervention Research
Social Work Research I
Social Work Research II

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Bartley, L., DePanfilis, D., & Bright, C. (2021, published online on November 1st). A mixed methods study to understand the impact of practitioner and organizational factors on fidelity of a child maltreatment prevention intervention in community-based settings. Implementation Research and Practice, 2.

Lalayants, M., DePanfilis, D., Merkel-Holguin, L., Baldwin, M., Schmidt, M., Treinen, J., Zuniga, D., Mackereth, C., & Anderson, T. (2021, published online Mary 7th).  Building evidence for family group decision-making in child welfare: Operationalizing the intervention. Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Rodriguez, M., DePanfilis, D., & Lanier, P. (2019). Bridging the gap: Social Work insights for ethical algorithmic decision-making in human services. IBM Journal of Research and Development, 63(4), 8:1-8:8. Doi: 10.1147/JRD.2019.2934047.

Ahn, H., DePanfilis, D., Frick, K. D., & Barth, R. P. (2018). Estimating minimum adequate foster care costs for children in the United States.  Children & Youth Services Review, 84, 55-67.doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.045

Bartley, L., Bright, C., & DePanfilis, D. (2017). Contributors to fidelity of child welfare related interventions: A review.  Journal of Public Child Welfare. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2017.1340222.  Available online at:


Principal Investigator – Supporting Knowledge into Practice (SKIP) – Leading the implementation and evaluation of transfer of learning strategies in collaboration with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services Office of Workforce Development and Training.  External Funding: $23,258, 632. (2017-2023).

Community Partnership(s)

PI of Supporting Knowledge into Practice (SKIP) a collaboration between NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Office of Training and Workforce Development and the Silberman School of Social Work with a goal of implementing and evaluating transfer of learning strategies in partnership with the ACS Division of Child Protection and the ACS Division of Youth and Family Justice.

Serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for the ACS Office of Training and Workforce Development providing input on professional development needs of public and private child welfare staff.

Technical assistance to 10 programs implementing Family Connections, a community-based child maltreatment prevention program, in the Bronx, East Harlem, and Brooklyn.