- MSW, University of South Carolina
Patricia McGuiness-Carmichael, MSW, is a research associate at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She has an extensive background in youth development and family engagement practice, research, and evaluation. She has worked in school- and community-based out-of-school time (OST) programs, creating and facilitating social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula, and coached OST programs to integrate SEL into their everyday practices and activities.
McGuiness-Carmichael contributed to research in the OST field as a National Afterschool Matters Fellow. She has a background in evaluation of education initiatives, including Reading First in South Carolina, treatment programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, and OST programs in and around Boston. She has worked in the non-profit sector in Boston, fostering the social-emotional capacities of young women and men and also strengthening the quality of youth programming by helping organizations access and utilize data for ongoing program improvement.
As a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), McGuiness-Carmichael began her career in the mental health and juvenile justice field before focusing on roles in prevention. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College with a focus on criminal justice and psychology.
McGuiness-Carmichael will work on a variety of projects with NIOST, including the evaluation of OST programs through Boston After School & Beyond, projects for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and more.