Joseph Ryan is an Associate Professor at the U-M School of Social Work and serves as co-director of the U-M Child & Adolescent Data Lab. Ryan received an MSW from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Ryan worked in a variety of residential and community based programs serving adolescents involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He has extensive experience conducting applied research is social service settings and has been a part of numerous studies focusing on child maltreatment, parental substance abuse, childhood trauma, and juvenile delinquency. Ryan is currently the principal investigator for the Title IV‐E waiver demonstration projects in Michigan and Illinois. He was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice and also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals that publish research on child welfare, including Child Maltreatment, Child Welfare, Social Work Research, and Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.