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Allison L. West, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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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 vulnerable expectant families and families with young children. She has a particular interest in home visiting as a dual generation service delivery strategy for families with multiple, complex biopsychosocial challenges, and the role of home visiting within larger systems of care. Her work incorporates intervention and evaluation research methods to assess program fidelity, test effects of programs and program enhancements on outcomes, and deepen understanding of causal pathways. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and crosses multiple sectors – health, education, and social services.

Honors and Awards

2013 Home Visiting Research Network Early Career Scholar Award. Competitive award to for resources to attend the Pew National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting and receive tailored mentoring from national experts in home visiting research.

  • Maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting
  • Early childhood services research Service coordination
  • Early childhood systems


  • West, A., Berlin, L.J., & Jones Harden, B. Occupational stress and wellbeing among Early Head Start home visitors: A mixed methods study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly (Under review with request to revise and resubmit).
  • West, A., Aparicio, E., Berlin, L.J., & Jones Harden, B. Implementing an attachment-based parenting intervention within home-based Early Head Start: Home visitors’ perceptions and experiences. Infant Mental Health Journal (Accepted for publication).
  • West, A., Miller, S., & Leitch, J. (2017). Professional socialization and attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration among graduate social work and health professions students. Advances in Social Work, 17(2), 134-150.
  • West, A. (2015). Associations among attachment style, burnout, and compassion fatigue in health and human service workers: A systematic review. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 25(6), 571-590.