Brenda A. Tully
BA in Speech Communication from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in New York City
Areas of Interest:Foster Care, Housing Security/Insecurity, Mixed Methods, Policy, Transition-Age Youth, Trauma
Brenda A. Tully is a 5th year Social Welfare PhD student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in New York City and a BA in Speech Communication from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research examines the experiences of young adults aging out of the foster care system with specific interest in their transition to housing. She is currently analyzing qualitative data she collected in a study investigating housing security and insecurity among young adults formerly in foster care, which was funded by the Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Social Justice Award. Brenda is the United States doctoral student representative to the International Research Network on Transition to Adulthood from Care, which convenes in Brasov, Romania in October 2019. While in Romania, Brenda will present “So I was trying to adapt”: Developing contextual understanding of foster care alumni housing experiences in Los Angeles to the International Colloquium of Social Sciences and Communication hosted by the University of Transylvania. Prior to matriculation in the PhD program, Brenda worked as a licensed clinical social worker in New York City for 20 years. Her research is informed in part by her experiences at Good Shepherd Services, where she helped launch the Chelsea Foyer, a transitional, supportive housing program for young people aging out of foster care and experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The program is designated an Emerging Approach to addressing homelessness among former foster youth by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.