Heidi Janzen, MBA, Director of Research Support and Development

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare,
1033 Enderis Hall (414) 229-4766

JanzenAs the Director of Research Support and Development I am setting up a new office for the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare with the mission to:

1) Facilitate the faculty’s acquisition of research grants and contracts,
2) Aid with the proper management of grants and contracts,
3) Assist with research planning and
4) Minimize the barriers to research.

This is being accomplished by setting up a new structure in the school and also collaboratively working with other offices on campus.

I have come to this position with a wide variety of direct and indirect experience. My last position was as the budget and contracts manager of the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health (CABHR) and also for Applied Gerontology. Both reside here in the school and are two of the largest research entities here at UWM.

Prior to working in the School of Social Welfare, I worked in UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science as an Operations Manager for the Intelligence Maintenance Systems Center. I was responsible for the financial, human resources, legal and business aspects of this multi-site National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

Other prior work experience has been in engineering and technical positions in industry. I have held sales coordinator, sales representative, lead product specialist and engineering analyst positions.

My educational background includes course work in engineering, a bachelor degree in International Economics and a recent Executive Master’s of Business Administration.

I am excited to be working in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. The school’s research accomplishments are truly impressive. The school’s faculty are the most successful on UWM’s campus in acquiring extramural research and instructional dollars, bringing in more funds per faculty member than any other school or college at UWM. The school contains some of the largest research centers and projects on campus and also has received the second, largest private foundation donation in UWM’s history.

The school’s research and public service include work in the areas of addictions, behavioral health, aging, child welfare and school violence.

Past and current research projects contribute to enhancing the quality of life in the Milwaukee area and the beyond.

These projects:

  • introduce cutting edge addiction treatment programs,
  • develop addiction screening and intervention techniques,
  • test the efficacy of risk reduction programs,
  • have helped better serve children and families in the child welfare system,
  • increase access by the homeless to behavioral health, medical, mental health and housing resources,
  • evaluate training programs for the long-term care work force,
  • have helped to reduce violence in schools
  • have made schools safer for high achievement

And that is just to name a few of the projects!

I am honored and proud to work with the dedicated faculty and staff of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and I am dedicated to helping continue the school’s impressive research tradition.

For information on research services please contact me.