Brown Bag Lecture Series: Abigail Williams-Butler

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm

GSE 124

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Resilience, Practice, and Patience: A Model on How to Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Abigail Williams-Butler

Rutgers Initiative for Education and Justice / Rutgers School of Social Work


Dr. Williams-Butler will give an overview of resilience theory and how it can be applied in different child serving settings with a particular focus on the educational setting. She will then discuss findings using resilience theory in the context of the juvenile justice system and findings from a pilot study with a high school in Newark. She will conclude her talk focusing on two new studies examining 1) the impact of trauma informed services on academic outcomes among high school students and 2) the use of mental health treatment in improving outcomes for African American youth in the juvenile justice system with a particular focus on educational outcomes.


Dr. Abigail Williams-Butler is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in the School of Social Work. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is interested in understanding the developmental trajectories of adolescents involved in child serving systems including the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, and educational systems. She is particularly interested in understanding the process of resilience for adolescents involved in child serving systems and system reform related to racial disparities.

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