2023 Spring Conference
Liz Schoenfeld considers herself a reformed researcher and strategist who puts people first and data second. She earned her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and has spent the last decade conducting applied research and program evaluations in the areas of behavioral health, housing, workforce development, and evidence-based programming. She serves as the Chief Research & Evaluation Officer at LifeWorks, a large non-profit in Austin, Texas, that provides wraparound services to transition-age youth. Her efforts to use data to inform service delivery and the adoption of evidence-based programs at LifeWorks were highlighted in the documentary, Failing Forward: On the Road to Social Impact. She has served as the Principal Investigator for several multimillion-dollar SAMHSA grants and oversaw the local evaluation for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program in Austin, Texas. Dr. Schoenfeld holds a courtesy appointment at The University of Texas at Austin, and her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and featured in a range of notable outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and Psychology Today. In all of her work, Dr. Schoenfeld is passionate about partnering with individuals with lived expertise to challenge the status quo and create innovative, value-based solutions.