JENNA MONTGOMERY ARMSTRONG
School Psychology, North Carolina State University
Cohort Five Fellow
jmmontg2@ncsu.edu

Academic Mentor
Mary Haskett
Professor, Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University

Policy Mentor
Carmela DeCandia
Advisory Committee Chair, Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth

Research Interests
child maltreatment; family homelessness; parenting interventions; implementation science; promoting resilience; social justice

Areas of Expertise

Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family Systems, Program Evaluation, Mixed Methods, Homeless Families and Young People, School-aged Children

Jenna is a doctoral student in the school psychology program at North Carolina State University where she works as a Triple P research assistant and teaches undergraduate psychology courses. Her research focuses broadly on promoting resilience in families who have experienced significant trauma. Ms. Montgomery Armstrong hopes to utilize her research to inform policy and advocacy efforts for high risk families. Before entering the doctoral program she worked in residential treatment facilities for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development from the University of Alabama and her master’s degree in psychology from North Carolina State University.

DISSERTATION

Effectiveness of Evidence-based Parent Training in Reduction of Maltreatment Risk for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

This study is designed to examine the effects of an evidence-based parenting program, Triple P, in shelter settings. A significant evidence base supports effectiveness of Triple P but the intervention has never been evaluated in a shelter setting where there is a critical need for evidence-based parenting programs. Children who experience homelessness are at a high risk of child maltreatment. In fact, high rates of child welfare involvement among sheltered families has been well documented. However, very few evidence-based parenting programs are being utilized in shelters to decrease this risk because there is little evidence to support the efficacy of these programs within shelters. To address this gap in the literature the current study will evaluate Triple P parenting groups using a quasi-experimental design. The effects of group behavioral parent training on parenting behaviors and child problem behaviors will be compared to a treatment as usual control group at pre, post and 3 month follow-up.