Jon Phillips

Assistant Professor


School of Social Work

Research Interests

My research explores how interprofessional collaboration (IPC) and inter-agency collaboration (IAC) affect client outcomes. Most of my research has explored how these activities influence outcomes for families involved with the child welfare system. While I intend to continue to research these relationships, I am interested in expanding my work to include other systems where social workers practice (e.g., the educational system, health care system, and behavioral health system). By studying the process of interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration in various systems, I hope to identify the key components of effective collaboration. Using this information, I then intend to develop and test interventions to promote collaboration as a means of achieving better outcomes for clients.

My prior research projects have explored how IPC relates to the safe and timely reunification of foster children, how IAC enhances service delivery to parents using drugs and alcohol, what professionals in the child welfare system consider to be the key components of IPC, and how agency policies can facilitate or inhibit IPC. Currently, I am examining how inter-professional collaboration relates to child welfare caseworker well-being (e.g., their job satisfaction and level of burnout). Being new to Connecticut, I am in the process of developing relationships with DMHAS, DCF, and the Office of Early Childhood with the intent to partner with them on future research projects.


Masters in Social Work, University of Denver, 2007
PhD in Social Work, University of Denver, 2019

Recent Publications

Phillips, J.D. & Walsh, M.A. (2019). Teaming up in child welfare: The perspective of guardians ad litem on the components of interprofessional collaboration. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 17-26. 2018.11.016

Katz, C.C., Lalayants, M., & Phillips, J.D. (2018). The role of out-of-home caregivers in the achievement of child welfare permanency. Children and Youth Services Review, 94, 65-71.

McCrae, J. S., Bender, K., Brown, S. M., Phillips, J. D., & Rienks, S. (2018). Adverse childhood experiences and complex health concerns among child welfare-involved children. Children’s Health Care, 48(1), 38-58 doi:10.1080/02739615.2018

He, A.S. & Phillips, J.D. (2017). Interagency collaboration: Strengthening substance abuse resources in child welfare. Child Abuse & Neglect, 64, 101-108. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.12.011

Rienks, S., Phillips, J.D., McCrae, J., Bender, K., & Brown, S. (2017). Complex health concerns among child welfare populations and the benefit of pediatric medical homes. Child Abuse & Neglect, 65, 212-225. doi: /10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.01.021

Phillips, J.D. (2016). A qualitative study of collaboration between guardians ad litem and caseworkers in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 60, 61-67. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.019

Contact Information
Phone(959) 200-3630
Mailing Address38 Prospect St. Hartford, CT 06103 United States