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Branden A McLeod, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

Co-founder of LEADR (Lab for Empowerment and Advancement through Dad-Driven Research)

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Dr. Branden A. McLeod joined Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) in August 2016, where he currently serves as an Associate Professor. Branden teaches social welfare policy, policy practice, and research. Branden’s research examines how social policies and systems shape Black men’s well-being and their relationships with their families, focusing on how these systems shape their roles as fathers. Given the overrepresentation of Black males within the criminal justice system and its impact on their families, he dedicates his research to understanding their experiences, outcomes and identifying solutions. Before joining UIC, Branden held policy advocacy and research positions at the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, D.C., Maryland Center for Economic Policy, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and University of Maryland School of Social Work. Branden holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Work from Morgan State University, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.