María Gandarilla Ocampo

María Gandarilla Ocampo

Research Fellow

María Gandarilla Ocampo, MSW, is a third-year social work doctoral student at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests involve child maltreatment epidemiology and child welfare policy, with a focus on mandated reporting policies and their role in bringing families—particularly families of color—to interact with child welfare systems. In her current work, María evaluates child maltreatment prevention strategies aimed at strengthening families and preventing future interaction with child protective services.

María received her BASW and MSW from the California State University, Long Beach School of Social Work. She has worked as a case manager for families experiencing homelessness, an emergency response social worker with families interacting with the child welfare system, and as a medical social worker with individuals and families receiving end-of-life care. She also served as a preceptor and field instructor for BSW and MSW interns.

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