Cathy Sowell, MSW, LCSW
Cathy Sowell is a senior social and behavioral researcher in the Department of Child & Family Studies within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. She has clinical, administrative, and evaluation experience related to child, family and adult mental health, early childhood development, and child welfare services. Her evaluation and consultation work at USF has included several local, state, and federally funded initiatives focused on early childhood emotional and behavioral challenges, promotion of child and family well-being, child welfare services, and children’s mental health care, with an interest in quality of care, innovative and best practices, and system change implementation. Her current projects include principal investigator for the evaluation of Florida Project LAUNCH, a SAMHSA funded initiative to promote the wellness of families with young children ages birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development; study team member for evaluation of Utah’s IV-E Waiver child welfare initiative, and study team member for the evaluation of Florida’s Medicaid managed care plan for children in child welfare. Cathy has been a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Florida for the past 17 years.