Pamela Clarkson Freeman

Dr. Pamela Clarkson Freeman is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She received her MSW and PhD from the State University of New York at Albany. Her research focuses on the impact of complex trauma on the well-being for at-risk youth, particularly young children engaged in the child welfare system, with a secondary interest in research methods and analyzing longitudinal data. Dr. Clarkson Freeman has authored numerous grants, and has served as the Evaluation PI or Co-PI for both state and federally funded research. She currently works alongside leading child welfare and implementation researchers in the adaptation of Family Connection in Washoe County, Nevada as part of the Children’s Bureau Permanency Innovations Initiative, a $100 million investment to test innovative approaches and develop knowledge about what works to improve outcomes for children and youth with the most serious barriers to permanency. Additionally, Dr. Clarkson Freeman collaborates on the replication of Family Connections in New York City and Florida, and evaluates, Family Connections, Baltimore, including participants of Family Connections, Grandparent Family Connections, and Trauma-Adapted Family Connections. Dr. Clarkson Freeman also served as the PI for the Child Welfare Early Education Systems Transformation Project, a Children’s Bureau funded project to enhance partnerships between early education and child welfare systems to improve outcomes for young children and families who were in, or were at risk for entering, the child welfare system, and Maryland LAUNCH, a SAMHSA funded project to promote the wellness of young children birth to 8 years by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.