Heather Allan, MSW
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Child Abuse and Neglect/Kempe


  • Allan, H., Merkel-Holguin, L., Winokur, M. & Drury, I. (2023). Working towards prevention for families at-risk of child maltreatment—meeting families’ needs through community response in Colorado. International Journal of Child Maltreatment, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42448-022-00145-6
  • Allan, H., Rautkis, M. B., Pennell, J., Merkel-Holguin, L., & Crampton, D. (2020). Family Meetings as a System Reform to Address Disproportionality and Disparities. In A. J. Dettlaff (Ed.), Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in the Child Welfare System. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Schwab-Reese L., Drury, I., Allan, H., & Matz, K. (2020). “Oh, this is actually okay”: Understanding how one state child welfare training system adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child Abuse & Neglect, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104697
  • Corwin, T., Maher, E., Merkel-Holguin, L., Allan, H., Hollinshead, D., & Fluke, J. (2019). Increasing social support for child welfare-involved families through family group conferencing. British Journal of Social Work, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz036
  • Merkel-Holguin, L., Schwab-Reese, L., Drury, I., Allan, H., & Hollinshead, D. (2019). Nothing about me, without me: Children and young people’s experiences with family group conferences. Child & Family Social Work, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12648
  • Allan H, Currie D, Drury I, Merkel-Holguin L, Fluke J, & Winokur M. (2018). Colorado Department of Human Services Colorado Community Response Pilot Project Evaluation Report. Ft. Collins, CO: Social Work Research Center, Colorado State University.
  • Drury I, Schwab Reese L, Allan H. I’m from the government and I’m here to help: How can public health perspectives improve outreach in child maltreatment prevention programs? Journal of Public Child Welfare, DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2018.1494666
  • Allan H, Harlaar N, Hollinshead D, Drury I, & Merkel-Holguin L. The impact of worker and agency characteristics on FGC referrals in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review. 2017; 81:229-237.
  • Hollinshead DM, Corwin TW, Maher EJ, Merkel-Holguin L, Allan H, & Fluke, JD. Effectiveness of family group conferencing in preventing repeat referrals to child protective services and out-of-home placements. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2017; 69:285-294.
  • Maher E, Allan H, Merkel-Holguin L, & Corwin T. Using multi-site experimental and quasi-experimental designs to evaluate a common practice in child welfare. SAGE Research Methods Cases. 2017: doi: 10.4135/9781526401311
  • Williams, J., Merkel-Holguin, L., Allan, H., Maher, E., Fluke, J., and Hollinshead, D., (September 2015), Factors associated with staff perceptions of the effectiveness of family group conferences. Journal for the Society of Social Work and Research, 6(3), 343-366.
  • Allan H, Maher E. All in the family: variation in the use of family meetings in child welfare. Child Welfare. 2014; 92(6), 97-110.
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