Megan Feely, PhD

Assistant Professor, Social Work (Affiliate)

Research Overview

The well-being of child welfare-involved children is one of the three primary goals of the child welfare system. Additionally, on most domains these children experience fare worse than their peers. However, well-being is not clearly defined in federal statute and there are no federal reporting requirements on well-being. Dr. Megan Feely researches how well-being is defined and how it can be improved for this population. Her work has focused on the relationship between social skills, behavioral and emotional problems in 8-17 year olds and the prevalence of deficits in the population. In collaboration with a child advocacy agency, she has developed a well-being assessment that is specific to the unique situation of children in foster care. Moving forward, her work will focus on how the child welfare system and other existing services, such as public schools, can be leveraged to improve well-being.


Ph.D., 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
MSCI, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, Washington University School of Medicine
MSW, 2007, Washington University in St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
B.A., 2002, University of Notre Dame

Featured Publications

Proctor, E. K., Powell, B. J., & Feely, M. (2014). Measurement issues in dissemination and implementation science. In R. S. Beidas & P. C. Kendall (Eds.), Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. New York: Oxford University Press.

Seay, K.D., Byers, K., Feely, M., Lanier, P. Maguire-Jack, K., & McGill, T. (2015). Scaling Up: Replicating Promising Interventions with Fidelity. In D. Daro, A. Cohn Donnelly, L. Huang, and B. Powell (Eds.), Advances in Child Abuse Prevention Knowledge: The Perspective of New Leadership. New York: Springer.

Lewis, E. M., Feely, M., Seay, K. D., Fedoravicis, N., & Kohl, P. L. (2016). Child Welfare Involved Parents and Pathways Triple P: Perceptions of Program Acceptability and Appropriateness. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-11.

Contact Information
Mailing Address1798 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117