Dr. Kristen Wagner is an assistant professor of Social Work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis (2011), a MSW from Washington University in St. Louis (2005) and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Dakota (1997). Her research, publishing and teaching interests center on social inclusion and poverty alleviation with a particular focus on the role of asset building in social and economic development. Her research takes a multi-faceted approach to studying program and policy interventions in both domestic and international contexts around three key areas: asset development interventions, culturally relevant community development strategies, and community-based participatory research methods. In an effort to continually stretch the limits of her mind, body and spirit, she recently started training for half-marathon races and plays on a local roller derby team.