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Allison L. West, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4140
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2015
MSW, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2000
BS, Washington and Lee University, 1994


Dr. West’s research interests focus on the health and wellbeing of expectant families and families with young children facing multiple, complex adversities. Her work focuses on dual generation home-based service delivery strategies. Her work incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and participatory research methods to assess program implementation, test effects of programs and program enhancements on outcomes, and deepen understanding of causal pathways. A related line of research focuses on workforce development to strengthen implementation of interventions. Her work is highly applied and interdisciplinary and crosses multiple sectors within early childhood systems – health, education, and social services.

Current project foci:

Early childhood systems and service coordination

Reflective supervision

Workforce wellbeing

Research to strengthen home visitor-family communication

Research to strengthen home visiting for parents with intellectual disabilities and other learning differences

Research to understand strategies home visiting models use to prevent child abuse and neglect

Development of a text messaging intervention to reduce postpartum risky drinking

Evaluation of a group knitting program to reduce tobacco and nicotine use among pregnant women and new mothers in treatment for opioid use

Honors and Awards

2013 Home Visiting Research Network Early Career Scholar Award

2020 Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Maternal and child health
  • Maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting
  • Early childhood services research
  • Service coordination
  • Early childhood systems
  • Workforce development


  • West, A. L., Dauber, S., Gagliardi, L., *Correll, L., Lilli, A. C., & Daniels, J. (2020). Systematic review of community-and home-based interventions to support parenting and reduce risk of child maltreatment among families with substance-exposed newborns. Child Maltreatment, 25(2), 137-151.
  • West, A., Gagliardi, L., Gatewood, A., Higman, S., Daniels, J., O’Neill, K., & Duggan, A. (2018). Randomized trial of a training program to improve home visitor communication around sensitive topics. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-9.
  • West, A., Duggan, A. K., Gruss, K., & Minkovitz, C. S. (2018). Creating a measurement framework for service coordination in maternal and early childhood home visiting: An evidence-informed, expert process. Children and Youth Services Review, 89, 289-297.
  • West, A. L., Berlin, L. J., & Harden, B. J. (2018). Occupational stress and well-being among Early Head Start home visitors: A mixed methods study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 44, 288-303.
  • West, A., Duggan, A. K., Gruss, K., & Minkovitz, C. S. (2020). The Role of State Context in Promoting Service Coordination in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 26(1), E9-E18.
  • Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative