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Research Fellows

Research Fellows are faculty members at Western Kentucky University with a specific portion of their effort allocated toward the actualization of the mission of the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. The LCCWEAR is excited about this new position, and looks forward to partnering with interdisciplinary faculty members at WKU as we work to build a stronger interdisciplinary alliance.


Dr. Suzanne Overstreet-Juenke
Suzanne Overstreet-Juenke l Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Dr. Suzanne Overstreet-Juenke has research interests which include race and crime, victimology, and policing. She and her colleagues have a number of works in the pipeline that examine Black youth and their disparate treatment in the juvenile justice system. Further, Dr. Overstreet-Juenke is working on several studies in the area of victimology including a meta-analysis that examines sexual assaults resulting in injury and research on rape resulting in homicide. Some published works can be found in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Social Problems, Journal of Crime and Justice, Violence and Victims, and Homicide Studies.  In addition to research, Dr. Overstreet-Juenke is actively involved with the human trafficking shelter and rape crisis center in the area.  She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville in 2022.  


Dr. Boamah
Daniel Boamah l Ph.D., LCSW

Research Fellow

Daniel Boamah is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Western Kentucky University and a Research Fellow for the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and Master of Arts in Economics from University of Waterloo, Canada. Subsequently, Daniel earned Master of Science and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville, USA. Dr. Boamah has since 2005 worked with youth and families in both residential and community-based settings in direct support, administration and clinical. He enjoys working with youth and families of marginalized population groups and passionate about bringing community partners and resources together to address systemic challenges.


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