Lisa Merkel-Holguin, MSW
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Child Abuse and Neglect/Kempe


  • Lalayants, M. & Merkel-Holguin, L. (in press, 2023). Adapting Private Family Time in Child Protective Services Decision-Making Processes. Child and Family Social Work.
  • Allan, H., Merkel-Holguin, L., Drury, I., and Winokur, M. (in press, 2023). Working Towards Prevention for Families At-Risk of Child Maltreatment - Meeting Families' Needs through Community Response in Colorado. International Journal on Child Maltreatment.
  • Merkel-Holguin, L., Drury, I. and 5 others. Structures of Oppression in the U.S. Child Welfare System: Reflections on Administrative Barriers to Equity. To be published in the journal Societies in 2022.
  • Johnson-Motoyama, M., Ginther, D., Phillips, R., Beer, O., Merkel-Holguin, L., and Fluke, J. Differential response and the reduction of child maltreatment and foster care services utilization in the U.S. from 2004 to 2017. Child Maltreatment 0(0)-1-11. DOI: 10.1177/10775595211065761
  • Merkel-Holguin, L., Drury, I., Gibley-Reed, C., Lara, A., Jihad, M, Grint K, and Marlowe K. (2022). Structures of oppression in the U.S. child Welfare System: Reflections on Administrative Barriers to Equity. Societies 12(1):26.
  • Robert M. Ortega, PhD, MSW Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, PhD, MSW Lisa Merkel-Holguin, MSW Christina M. Rodriguez, PhD Shawna J. Lee, PhD, MSW Kathryn Maguire-Jack, PhD, MSW, MPA Todd I. Herrenkohl, PhD, MSW. Fedele F. and Iris M. Fauri 2020 Memorial Lecture: Child Welfare and the COVID-19 Pandemic. APSAC Advisor.
  • Differential Response and the Reduction of Child Maltreatment Substantiated Reports and Foster Care Services Utilization in the U.S. from 2004 to 2017. Lead author: Michelle Johnson-Motomaya. Accepted and will be published in Child Maltreatment.
  • Merkel-Holguin, L. (2022). Book Review of Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson (eds.), Family group conferences in social work: involving families in social care decision making. Bristol: Policy Press, 2018, 282 pp., ISBN: 978-14473-3580-1. The International Journal of Restorative Justice 2021 vol. 4(2) pp. 358-362 doi: 10.5553/TIJRJ.000087
  • Building evidence for family group decision-making in child welfare: operationalizing the intervention Marina Lalayants PhDa , Diane DePanfilis PhDa , Lisa Merkel-Holguin MSWb , Melinda Baldwin PhDc , Michele Schmidt MPAd , Julie Treinen MA, LPC, LISACe , Danielle Zuñiga MSf , Casey Mackereth MSg , and Taylor Anderson BAh JOURNAL OF PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE
  • A review of differential response. Prepared for the Stand Together Foundation.
  • Supervising Teleworkers. Prepared for the QIC-WD and NCWWI COVID-19 child welfare series.
  • Merkel-Holguin, L. (2020). Book Review of Family Group Conferences in Social Work: Involving families in social care and decision making.
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