Leadership of the Center


Dr. Jill Duerr Berrick, Co-Director

Jill Duerr Berrick, MSW, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy and a faculty member in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Berrick conducts research on a range of topics concerning vulnerable children and families with a particular focus on the lived experiences of clients served by social service programs. Her publications include the books Take me home: Protecting America's vulnerable children and families and Faces of poverty: Portraits of women and children on welfare. Dr. Berrick teaches courses at all levels in the School of Social Welfare on research and policy practices as well as child welfare policies. She is also the co-founder of the California Independent Scholars Network at UC Berkeley, a program to support students who are former foster youth.


Dr. Neil Gilbert, Co-Director

Neil Gilbert, Ph.D. is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare at the School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy and Director of the Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research. He was also the Founding Director of the Family Welfare Research Group. His numerous publications include thirty books and over 100 articles that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, Society, Commentary, and leading academic journals. His most recent book is A Mother's Work: How Feminism, the Market and Policy Shape Family Life. His research interests span national and international social policies, and his work has included comparative analysis of child welfare policies and investigation of the impact of efforts to prevent childhood sexual abuse. Dr. Gilbert teaches policy and research courses in the graduate and doctoral programs at the School of Social Welfare. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board at Seneca Center, a provider of community-based and family-focused treatment services for children and families.