Jamie Jaramillo, Ph.D.

Early Career Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Jaramillo joined OSLC in 2020. She studies protective factors and resilience processes among youth experiencing adversity. She is passionate about the treatment and prevention of cascading negative health effects following adversity, such as mental disorder, substance use and addiction. Much of her work has focused on youth who become involved in one or more youth service systems (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice), and those who are part of oppressed racial and ethnic groups. Taking an ecological approach, Dr. Jaramillo considers both psychological and social processes that promote positive outcomes despite adverse experiences. She is particularly interested in protective factors that can be used to strengthen existing interventions and service systems. Dr. Jaramillo’s research interests grew from her own lived experience in the child welfare system and other adverse environments, as well as her academic and research training.


  • Jaramillo, J., Kothari, B.H. (2021). Supportive caseworkers, school engagement, and posttraumatic symptoms among youth in foster care. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10560-021-00749-w
  • Jaramillo, J., Mello, Z. R., & Worrell, F. C. (2015).  Ethnic identity, stereotype threat, and perceived discrimination among Native American adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.12228
  • Kothari, B.H., Godlewski, B., Lipscomb, S.T., & Jaramillo, J. (2021). Educational resilience among youth in foster care. Psychology in the Schools. doi: 10.1002/pits.22478
  • Kothari, B., Waugh, A., Chandler, K., & Jaramillo, J. (2021). Retention of child welfare caseworkers: The role of case severity and workplace resources. Child & Youth Services Review. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106039