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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. She has a particular interest in dual generation home-based service delivery strategies. 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 within early childhood systems – health, education, and social services.

Current projects:

Research to strengthen home-visitor family communication

Research to strengthen home visiting for parents with learning difficulties

Early childhood systems and service coordination

Evaluation of a group knitting program to reduce tobacco and nicotine use among women of childbearing age

Honors and Awards

2013 Home Visiting Research Network Early Career Scholar Award

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


  • 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. Available online before print.
  • West, A., Aparicio, E., Berlin, L.J., & Jones Harden, B. (2017). Implementing an attachment-based parenting intervention within home-based Early Head Start: Home visitors’ perceptions and experiences. Infant mental health journal, 38(4), 514-522.
  • West, A., Duggan, A. K., Gruss, K., & Minkovitz, C. S. (2018). 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. Available online before print.
  • Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative