Dr. Alfred G. Pérez brings passion and personal experience to his work improving outcomes for foster youth. As a former foster youth himself, Dr. Pérez intimately understands the challenges facing those aging out of the system. This firsthand knowledge fuels his research and advocacy.
Through his scholarship, Dr. Pérez has significantly advanced understanding of foster youth transitions. His research appears in top journals including Children and Youth Services Review and Child Welfare. He has presented his research at conferences nationally and internationally and delivered keynote addresses, including at the White House bill signing ceremony for the Foster Care Independence Act.
As Director of Community Science and Impact at ETR, Dr. Pérez leads research and evaluation initiatives promoting health equity, focusing on BIPOC communities. He teaches and supervises dissertations at the Walden University Barbara Solomon School of Social Work, preparing the next generation of social workers in the doctoral programs.
Dr. Pérez serves on the editorial board of Adoption Quarterly and as a grant reviewer for federal agencies. He has consulted with organizations like Casey Family Programs to translate research into meaningful change. His contributions have been recognized with awards from the Child Welfare League of America and Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.
Holding advanced degrees in social welfare, including a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, an MSW in Social Policy & Evaluation from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from San José State University, Dr. Pérez exemplifies a deep commitment to positive societal transformation. His scholarship, teaching, and advocacy contributions demonstrate an enduring commitment to uplifting vulnerable youth. His work continues to provide foster youth the support they need to thrive.
SOCW 8112 - Social Work Scholarship
PhD, The University of Chicago
MSW, The University of Michigan
BA, San José State University