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Daniel J. Gibbs

Ph.D. Student
Graduate Research Assistant

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Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 426-A

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 803-238-5142

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Daniel Gibbs is a second-year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. His research focuses primarily on improving decision-making within the child welfare system through effective interprofessional collaboration and innovative data science solutions. Daniel currently works as a research assistant with Dr. Allison Metz at the National Implementation Research Network on a project developing best practices for the implementation and use of predictive analytics in child welfare decision-making. Daniel has formerly worked with Dr. David Ansong and the Program on Evidence-Building in Child Welfare on projects related to the support of kin caregivers. Before arriving at UNC-Chapel Hill, Daniel practiced as an attorney representing the interests of children involved in the child welfare system. Daniel also engaged in policy advocacy regarding children and families, and participated in data-driven permanency interventions for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. He has taught courses on policy analysis and advocacy in the graduate schools of social work at the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University.

Degrees and Licenses

JD, University of Georgia
MSW, University of Georgia
BA, University of South Carolina

Research and Professional Interests

Child Welfare
Data Science and Social Work Practice
Interprofessional Collaboration
Social Work and the Law
Kinship Care

Recent Publications

Gibbs, D. J. (2015). Status offenses and dejudicialization: Establishing a right to counsel in informal diversion proceedings. UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy, 19(1), 126-155.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

The Harvey Kinship Project: Findings from a Public-Private Partnership to Support Kinship Foster Parents. Presented with Kanisha Brevard as part of the UNC Field Education Training Series, Sept. 24, 2020.

Parental Rights and Child Maltreatment Research: Perspectives, Outcomes, and Future Directions. Presented at the UNC Child Maltreatment Research and Practice Network Meeting, Feb. 10, 2020.

Kinship Care in North Carolina: Evaluation of the Caring for Our Own Foster Parent Training. Co-presented with David Ansong and Kanisha Brevard at the 2019 NC Kinship Care Convening Meeting, Nov. 6, 2019.

In Search of a Silver Bullet: Child Welfare’s Embrace of Predictive Analytics. Co-presented with Christopher Church and Amanda Fairchild at the 41st NACC National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference, Aug. 23, 2018.

Parental Rights & the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard: Assessing the Rights of Parents to Direct the Upbringing of Children in Foster Care. Presented at the 5th National ABA Parent Representation Conference, April 26, 2017.