Jenean A. Castillo, PhD

Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

Jenean A. Castillo, PhD

Dr. Castillo is a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with the Association of University Centers on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD). She joins other faculty members from around the country in creating a blueprint for cultural and linguistic competence within the nationwide AUCD network. The blueprint seeks to expand diversity in both the network and the developmental disabilities field to ensure that the network is well-positioned to address growth in diverse communities and the growing number of people with disabilities. This blueprint and fellowship is one-year initiative funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

Jenean A. Castillo, Ph.D., is a NYS licensed psychologist, the Assistant Director of Child Welfare Services, a LEND faculty member and a former LEND trainee at WIHD. She is also an Assistant Professor of Practice in Disability and Human Development in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College.

Dr. Castillo co-developed and manages the Every Family Counts Aftercare Program, which provides intensive in-home and community-based services to all families in Westchester County who are reuniting after regular foster care placement in order to maintain safety and permanency. Her other responsibilities include providing assessments of children and families in foster care as well as direct clinical and therapeutic services. In addition, Dr. Castillo supervises and trains graduate and post-graduate students, including LEND trainees.

Dr. Castillo's current research activities include a program evaluation of the Aftercare Program and examining the psychological profiles of children in foster care. She is also an evaluator for a federally funded program, Project LAUNCH, which seeks to promote healthy development of young children birth to age eight.