Jason Sawyer, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Senior Research Associate

Jason SawyerJason Sawyer is an interdisciplinary community practice scholar-practitioner with nearly 20 years of experience in community organization, program management, and applied community-engaged research. His research expertise encompasses youth arts-based program evaluation, the development of community intervention models, and the use of the creative process in community organizing. He has also collaborated with community leaders on initiatives related to maternal child health, child welfare, education, health, economic development, physical infrastructure, program evaluation, strategic planning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sawyer provides qualitative analysis for projects in the Child Welfare practice area. He advises on strategic development and community engagement for the Cross-Center Evaluation of the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. He also serves on the evaluation and equity review teams for the Identification and Care of Children With Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures: Prevention Strategies.

Prior to joining JBA, Sawyer worked and published as a social work professor at Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities. He continues to advocate and work alongside communities, organizations, and local grassroots efforts as a consultant and volunteer.

Sawyer received his M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.