Lisa Magruder

Director, Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Lisa Magruder

Contact Information

Office Location
2319 Maryland Circle, Suite 1100, Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 644-7266
Resume / CV

A double alumna of Florida State University, Dr. Lisa Magruder completed her MSW in 2011 prior to pursuing her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. After returning home to Florida, Lisa served as the staff liaison to the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls for two years before joining the FSU College of Social Work as the project manager of the Florida Study of Professionals for Safe Families, the cornerstone of what is now the GROW Center at the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. Following receipt of her doctorate in 2017, Lisa continued her work at the Institute as a postdoctoral scholar and, most recently, Associate Director of Research. She has led or supported several studies at the Institute and published extensively in child welfare and youth and family well-being. She is an adjunct instructor for the University of Denver, teaching evidence for practice and program evaluation. 


  • Child Welfare Workforce
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Program Evaluation


Burns, D. D., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Yelick, A., & Wilke, D. J. (in press). What else is there to say? Reflections of newly-hired child welfare workers by retention status. Child and Youth Services Review.

Magruder, L., Wilke, D. J., Radey, M., Cain, M., & Yelick, A. (2022). COVID-19's social ecological impacts on health and human services worker well-being. Social Work in Public Health, 37(3), 233-243.   

Radey, M., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., & Wilke, D. J. (2022). How does client violence affect worker health? Understanding client violence among child protection services workers. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, 13(3), 000-000.

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Olson, C., Wilke, D. J., & Alven, L. (2021). RISE up: Facilitating frontline responder collaboration on co-occurring child welfare and intimate partner violence cases. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(15-16), 7067-7089.

Mackie, J., Foti, T., Agu, N., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., & Marshall, J. Early Childhood Court in Florida: Qualitative results from a statewide evaluation. (2020). Child Maltreatment, 104, 104476.

Mennicke, A. M., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., & MacConnie, L. (2019). “It’s tricky…”: Service providers’ insights on domestic violence assessment and referral. Journal of Family Violence, 34(1), 47-54.

Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Alven, L., Wilke, D. J., & Spinelli, C. (2019). “Getting everyone on the same page”: Child welfare workers’ collaboration challenges on cases involving intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 34(1), 21-31.


Zero to Three: 2020-2021 Early Childhood Court Evaluations ($150,000. Principal investigator (Co-PI: Dr. Jennifer Marshall). December 2020 - September 2021.

Selfless Love Foundation - One Voice IMPAACT: Evaluation Planning ($11,675). Principal Investigator (Co-PI: Dr. Anna Yelick). October 2020 - January 2021.

Lisa Magruder