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Joy Stewart

Research Associate Professor

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Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 524-F

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6500

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C. Joy Stewart, MSW, research associate professor, has conducted research and evaluation of social services programs for over fifteen years. She joined the SSW faculty in 2006. Currently, she is the evaluator for Project NO REST (North Carolina Organizing and Responding to the Exploitation and Sexual Trafficking of Children), a five-year, federally funded project to enhance the state’s response to human trafficking, especially of child welfare-involved youth. Prof. Stewart is also the co-Principal Investigator of the Management Assistance for Child Welfare, Work First, and Food & Nutrition Services in North Carolina project (, a partnership of about 20 years between the Jordan Institute for Families and the North Carolina Division of Social Services that provides information on child and family outcomes to social services managers in order to guide policy and practice.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Primary Program

Human Services Outcomes and Response to Human Trafficking

Research and Professional Interests

Child Welfare
Human Trafficking
Program Evaluation
Data Science
Research Methods


Management Assistance for Child Welfare, Work First, and Food & Nutrition Services
Project NO REST

Recent Publications

Finigan-Carr, N. M., Johnson, M. H., Pullmann, M. D., Stewart, C. J., & Fromknecht, A. E. (2019). A traumagenic social ecological framework for understanding and intervening with sex trafficked children and youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36(1), 49-63.

Preisler, J. J., & Stewart, C. J. (2018). Running the numbers: Domestic violence in child welfare. North Carolina Medical Journal, 79(2), 130–131.

Lang, J. M., Ake, G., Barto, B., Caringi, J., Little, C., Baldwin, M. J., Sullivan, K., Tunno, A. M., Bodian, R., Stewart, C. J., Stevens, K., & Connell, C. M. (2017). Trauma screening in child welfare: Lessons learned from five states. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1–12.

Kum, H., Stewart, C. J., Rose, R. A., & Duncan, D. F. (2015). Using big data for evidence based governance in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 58, 127-136.

Stewart, C. J., Kum, H., Barth, R. P., & Duncan, D. F. (2014). Former foster youth: Employment outcomes up to age 30. Children and Youth Services Review, 36, 220-229.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Project No Rest Human Trafficking Screening Tool (PNR-HTST): A Semi-Structured Interview Approach to Assessing Risk for Sex and Labor Trafficking

Implementation of Statewide Trauma Screening in Child Welfare: North Carolina Project Broadcast

Translating Trauma Research into Child Welfare Implementation: The Intersect of Research and Front-Line Practice