PhD, Social Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Cohort Three Fellow

Academic Mentor
Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH
Vice President of Research, American Board of Pediatrics; Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine

Policy Mentor
Pamela Rheaume
Manager of Professional Development Child Welfare Institute, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Current Institutional Affiliation
Resilient Futures, LLC
Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Mixed Methods


April Allen, PhD, MPA is the Principal Consultant at Resilient Futures LLC and a Visiting Research Scholar at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Dr. Allen has more than a decade of experience using data to drive policy and practice improvements in human service systems, including work as a Data Driven Practice Advisor at Casey Family Programs and Director of Policy and Planning for the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Her current work includes research examining the implementation of new practices and policies in human service settings, as well as training and technical assistance focused on improving the ability of child welfare professionals to use data in continuous quality improvement processes.

Dr. Allen received her PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University. She is a Cohort Three Doris Duke Fellow.