Clinton Boyd, Jr.
PhD candidate, Sociology, Georgia State University

Dissertation: "Neighborhood Quality and Child Well-Being: Exploring How Neighborhood Characteristics Influence the Parenting Practices of Low-Income and Middle-Income African American Fathers"


Scott Brown
PhD candidate, Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University

Dissertation: "Stable Housing, Stable Families, Resilient Children: Do housing interventions for families that have experienced homelessness have radiating effects on child well-being and child welfare system involvement?"


Lindsey Bullinger
Georgia Tech University

PhD, Public Policy, Indiana University

Uses large datasets and rigorous empirical methods to understand the intended and unintended consequences of public policies on child and family health and well-being


Christina DeNard
University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD, Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania

Utilizing evidence to implement interventions, programs and reforms that effectively improve organizational processes and outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system.


Andrea Eastman
PhD candidate, Social Work, University of Southern California

Dissertation: "An Examination of Child Protective Service Involvement among Children Born to Young Mothers in Foster Care"


Julia Fleckman
Tulane University

PhD, Public Health, Tulane University

Community-based, mixed methods research for the primary prevention of child physical and psychological maltreatment


Kelley Fong
PhD candidate, Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University

Analyzing the perspectives and experiences of Child Protective Services stakeholders to support reforms addressing families’ persistent needs and promoting engagement between families and service providers.


Alison Giovanelli
PhD candidate, Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, University of Minnesota

Dissertation: "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Well-Being: The Impacts of an Early Childhood Intervention Program"


Lindsay Huffhines
PhD candidate, Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas

Identifying the psychobiological factors implicated in risk and resilience processes in the development of health problems in maltreated children


Rachel Katz
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

PhD, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Exploring the influence of early experiences on child development, including how development may be impacted by child care and home visiting, caregiver-child relationships, and adversity.


Melissa Marquardt
Private Practice

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon

Dissertation: "Using a Strength-Based Video Coaching Program to Promote Positive Parenting Practices and Prevent Child Maltreatment"


Anika Schenck-Fontaine
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories

PhD, Public Policy, Duke University

Dissertation: "Parenting in Times of Economic Recession"


Jennifer Daer Shields
PhD candidate, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Advancing the scientific understanding of engaging children and families in evidence-based treatment services to prevent child maltreatment and promote the well-being of all children.


Kate Stepleton
PhD candidate, Social Work, Rutgers University

Dissertation: "Health Care Case Management as a Preventive Intervention: Examining Effects on Child Welfare Outcomes Mediated by Behavioral Health Care Access"


Lindsey E.G. Weil
Stanford University / Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University

Dissertation: "Prevention of Accidental, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Current Sleep Practices, Caregiver Beliefs, and Promotion of Safe Sleep Practices through Effective Preventive Interventions"