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Trina R. Shanks

Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Trina R. Shanks

Trina Shanks initiated a family mentoring program and introduced Individual Development Accounts to public housing residents.

In her current research, funded by the Ford Foundation, she is co-investigator for the SEED Impact Assessment study, which has set up a quasi-experimental research design to test the impact of offering Head Start families 529 college education plans for their enrolled children. She also oversees the evaluation of summer youth employment in Detroit.

Additional areas of research/scholarly interest: the relationship between assets, poverty and children's well-being; public policy for families; social and economic development, particularly in urban communities.

Shanks is a Rhodes Scholar and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where she worked in micro-enterprise development.

Research Interests/Focus

Child well-being, asset building, 529 college education plans, SEED, Rhodes scholar, economic development

Education

Year Degree   School
2003 PhD Social Work Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2000 MSW Social Work Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1996 MPh Comparative Social Research University of Oxford, Oxford, England
1992 BS Business Administration John M. Olin School of Business, St. Louis, MO

Websites

Skillman Technical Assistance Center

Shanks, T. & Danziger, S. K. (2016). Antipoverty policies and programs for families and children. In J. Jenson & M. Fraser (Eds.), Social Policy for Children and Families: A Risk and Resilience Perspective (3rd ed.).

Williams, Shanks, T. R. (2014). The promise of child development accounts: Current evidence and future directions. Community Investments, 26(2), 12-15.

Williams Shanks, T., Nicoll, K., & Johnson, T. (2014). Assets and African Americans: Attempting to capitalize on hopes for children through college savings accounts. Review of Black Political Economy, 41(3), 337-356.

Grinstein-Weiss, M., Williams Shanks, T. R., & Beverly, S. (2014). Family assets and child outcomes: Evidence and directions. Future of Children, 24(1), 147-170.

Williams Shanks, T. R., Boddie, S., & Wynn, R. (2014). Wealth building in communities of color. In R. Bangs & L. Davis (Eds.), Race and Social Problems: Restructuring Inequality 63-78. Springer Publishing.

Williams Shanks, T. R. (2014). The evolution of anti-poverty policies and programs. In R. Cramer and T. R. Williams Shanks (Eds.), The Assets Perspective: The Rise of Asset Building and its Impact on Social Policy Chapter 2. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cramer, R. & Williams Shanks, T. R. (2014). The rise of asset building and its impact on social policy. In R. Cramer & T. R. Williams Shanks (Eds.), The Assets Perspective: The Rise of Asset Building and its Impact on Social Policy Chapter 1. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Shanks, T. R. (2014). Detroit Summer Youth Employment Program: Results Of 2013 Youth Employee Exit Surveys. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center.

Cramer, R. & Williams Shanks, T. R. (Eds.). (2014). The Assets Perspective: The Rise of Asset Building and its Impact on Social Policy. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Sanchez, N., Gant, L. M., Williams-Shanks, T. R., Allen-Meares, P,, & Miller, P. L. (2014). In E. Zambone & L Gonzalez (Eds.), Providing Technical Assistance to Urban Communities: A Guide of Case Studies and Advice for Community Members. Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library.

Shaefer, H. L., Song, X., & Williams Shanks, T. R. (2013). Do single mothers use the Earned Income Tax Credit to reduce unsecured debt? Review of Economics of the Household, 11(4), 659-680.

Han, Y, Shanks, T., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2013). Parenting, family and neighborhood socioeconomic status, and children's academic performance. Journal of The Asian Regional Association for Home Economics, 20(4), 182-190.

Shanks, T. R., Allen-Meares, P., Gant, L., & Williams, R. (2013). Take a second look at Detroit. Posted on the CEOS for Cities weblog.

Shanks, T. R., & Robinson, C. (2013). Assets, economic opportunity and toxic stress: a framework for understanding child and educational outcomes. Economics and Education Review, 33, 154-170.

Williams Shanks, T. (2013). In M. E. Benson (Ed.), Habits of Achievement: Lessons for a Life Well-Lived. St. Louis: Washington University in St. Louis.

Shanks, T. R., Mandell, L., & Adams, D. (2013). Financial education and financial access: lessons learned from child development account research. Innovations: Youth Economic Opportunities, Special Issue for the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, 167-183.

Williams Shanks, T. R. (2012). Helping low-income families obtain economic security: The value of local partnerships. In E. F. Hoffler & E. Clark (Eds.), Social Work Matters 209-215. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Mandell, L., Sherraden, M. S., Despard, M., Masa, R., Adams, D., Elliott, W., Ansong, D., Lucey, T., Hira, T., Ssewamala, F., Prabhakar, R., & Williams Shanks, T. (2012). Children and youth as economic citizens: Reviewof research on financial capability, financial inclusion, and financial education. Child and Youth Finance International Research Working Group Report.

Okech, D., Little, R. D., & Williams Shanks, T. R. (2011). Early savings for children's higher education: A comparison between savers and non-savers in a Child Development Account program. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1592-1598.

Allen-Meares, P., Gant, L., Shanks, T., & Hollingsworth, L. (2011). Embedded foundations: Advancing community change and empowerment. Foundation Review, 2(3), 61-78.

Williams Shanks, T., & Danziger, S. K. (2010). Antipoverty policies and programs for families and children. In J. Jenson & M. Fraser (Eds.) , Social Policy for Children and Families: A Risk and Resilience Perspective (2nd ed.). 25-56. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Okech, D., Little, T. D. & Williams Shanks, T. R. , & Adams, D. (2010). Parental self-efficacy and joining a savings program for children’s education. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(4), 442-451.

Williams Shanks, T. R., Boddie, S. C., & Rice, S. (2010). Family-centered, community-based asset building: A strategic use of individual development accounts. Journal of Community Practice, 18(1), 94-117.

Williams Shanks, T., Kim, Y., Loke, V., & Destin, M. (2010). Assets and child well-being in developed countries. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(11), 1488-1496.

Adams, D., Nam, Y., Williams Shanks, T., Hicks, S., & Robinson, C. (2010). Research on assets for children and youth: Reflections on the past and prospects for the future. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(11), 1617-1621.

Cooney, K., & Shanks, T. (2010). New approaches to old problems: Market-based strategies for poverty alleviation. Social Service Review, 29(5), 29-55.

Grinstein-Weiss, M., Williams Shanks, T., Manturuk, K. M., Key, C. C., Paik, J. & Greeson, J. K. P. (2010). Homeownership and parenting practices: Evidence from the Community Advantage Panel. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(5), 774-782.

Hollingsworth, L., Allen-Meares, P., Shanks, T., & Gant, L. M. (2009). Using the miracle question in community engagement and planning: Research note. Families in Society, 90(3), 332-335.

Sherraden, M., & Williams Shanks, T. (2009). The influence of research on policy and practice: Lessons from studies of asset building and low-income families. In A. Stiffman (Ed.), The Field Research Survival Guide. Oxford University Press.

Williams Shanks, T. R., & Destin, M. (2009). Parental expectations and educational outcomes for young African American adults: Do household assets matter? Race and Social Problems, 1(1), 27-35.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Allen-Meares, P., Shanks, T., & Gant, L. M. (2009). Using the miracle question in community engagement and planning. Families in Society, 90(3), 332-335.

Gant, L. M., Shimshock, K., Allen-Meares, P., Miller, P., Hollingsworth, L., & Shanks, T. (2009). Effects of Photovoice: Civic engagement among older youth in urban communities. Journal of Community Practice, 17(4), 358-376.

Davis, L. E., Wallace, J. M., & Williams Shanks, T. R. (2008). African Americans - Overview. In T. Mizrahi & L. E. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed.). Oxford University Press.

Beverly, S., Sherraden, M., Zhan, M., Williams Shanks, T., Nam, Y., & Cramer, R. (2008). Determinants of asset building. A Report in the Series Poor Finances: Assests and Low-Income Households. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.

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