Jessica Pryce, PhD, MSW

Keynote Speaker 

Research Professor Florida State University

Dr. Pryce is on Faculty at Florida State University. For over 10 years, she has been involved in multiple angles of child welfare (direct practice, teaching + training & policy, and research). She has published on child welfare-related topics, such as training and education, racial disparity, and anti-poverty practices. She has presented her research at 150+ conferences both nationally and internationally. She is the author of several op-eds focused on racial disparity and effective strategies to impact racial disproportionality within child welfare. Her TED Talk on Implicit Racial Bias in Decision Making has since been viewed over 1.3 million times. Dr. Pryce has worked on the front lines of child welfare, conducted primary research, been a policy advisor to Florida’s legislature, and taught graduate-level courses in child welfare. In 2019, she received a 5-year appointment to the Advisory Board of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, where she consults and advises on leadership and workforce interventions around the country. She currently sits on the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Panel, alongside judges and advocates who are working towards a more trauma-informed approach within the judicial system. She has maintained and cultivated a commitment to the well-being of vulnerable children and families, the sustainability of the child welfare workforce, and effectively addressing inequity.