Emily is the John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, a Distinguished Scholar at USC, and Co-Director of the CDN. She also maintains a research appointment at the California Child Welfare Indicators Project. Emily’s current research focuses on the application of epidemiological methods to improve the surveillance of non-fatal and fatal child abuse and neglect. Her analysis of large-scale, linked administrative data has provided insight into where scarce resources may be most effectively targeted and informs understanding of maltreated children within a broader, population-based context. Emily graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology, received her MSW from Columbia University, and earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jacquelyn is a core team member responsible for creating the Children’s Data Network and currently serves as Co-Director. She holds the John Milner Professorship of Child Welfare at USC’s School of Social Work. Her research focuses on financing and organization of services for children and families, utilization of results and performance measurement, and the efficiency and effectiveness of services. She draws upon both qualitative and quantitative methods to inform policy and guide improvements to government systems providing child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services. Currently, McCroskey co-leads the multi-university child welfare evaluation team funded by Casey Family Programs to support the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services in understanding the impact of a variety of community-based service initiatives, including the DCFS Family Preservation Program and Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project. She also leads a cross-disciplinary research roundtable of researchers from USC, UCLA and Cal State LA in the Los Angeles County Probation Data Project funded by the Keck Foundation under the auspices of the Advancement Project. Through earlier efforts she helped to create the Family Assessment Form, working with the Children’s Bureau of Southern California to develop, test and disseminate a practice-based assessment instrument now used in child and family service settings across the country and abroad. Through her work with county, city and school district policy makers and philanthropists, she has investigated inter-agency collaboration and community partnerships across a broad range of organizations, service areas and settings. Jacquelyn received her DSW from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rebecca Rebbe is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Southern California. Rebecca’s research examines community responses to child maltreatment through systems, laws, and policies. Rebecca has been trained in demographic methods and specializes in using population-based linked administrative datasets. Her research is informed by 7 years of post-MSW practice working with families involved with the child welfare system, in both the public and private sectors. Rebecca earned her PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington, received a MSW from Boston College, and has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.
Regan is the Executive Director of the Children’s Data Network. An experienced researcher, project manager, and data translator, she works closely with data, research, and funding partners to pursue and communicate the CDN’s transdisciplinary research agenda, inform childrens’ programs/policies, and build the capacity of government agencies to make better use of their own data. Formerly, as Senior Manager, Data and Research for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, she managed kidsdata.org, guided development and implementation of child health and well-being initiatives, and stewarded strategic data and communication partnerships. She also comes with prior experience replicating effective youth development interventions and evaluating and improving child welfare and educational programs. Dr. Foust holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Davis.
John is a Research Assistant Professor with the Children’s Data Network. His research focuses on longitudinal and predictive modeling of the impacts of maltreatment on child and family services, and on child development. Prior to working with the CDN, John developed theory guided exploration methods to combine structural modeling and data-mining techniques to examine covariance structure heterogeneity. He is also interested in models of growth and change, measurement models, and studying the impact of incomplete data in biasing statistical tests. John graduated from the University of California, San Diego with BS/BA degrees in Psychology and Economics, and from the University of Southern California with a PhD in Psychology.
Andrea Lane Eastman
Dr. Andrea Lane Eastman’s is a Research Assistant Professor with the Children’s Data Network. Her research uses linked, administrative data to document population-level racial and income disparities, evaluate program effectiveness, and answer policy relevant questions concerning vulnerable youth in child protection and juvenile justice systems. Andrea secured two years of extramural funding through the competitive Doris Duke Dissertation Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. Her mixed-methods dissertation leveraged structured fields and accompanying case narratives from administrative records to develop new knowledge about children born to young mothers in foster care, including next-generation child protection involvement. Her scholarship is informed by previous experience at the California State Senate where she served as a legislative aide and committee consultant on several initiatives surrounding vulnerable youth.
Jonathan Hoonhout serves as Project Director of the Children’s Data Network. His research interests include child welfare, homeless youth, single parenting, and LGBTQ youth outcomes. From 2009 to 2011, Jonathan served as the Grants Director and Company Manager of the Washington Ensemble Theatre. His responsibilities included proposal design, project oversight and serving as liaison between various interest groups for the company. Jonathan received his BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts.
Huy Nghiem is the Research Programmer at Children’s Data Network. He participates in research projects by developing programs for large and complex data from various sources. He functions as liaison between scientists and IT analysts to design and enhance systems to satisfy research specifications. Huy has had experience in data analytics and administrative procedures in various fields of healthcare. He holds dual Bachelor degrees in Applied Mathematics and Public Health Sciences from University of California, Irvine and a Master degree in Software Engineering from the California State University, Fullerton.
Himal is a Research Programmer and Data Scientist with the Children’s Data Network. He works end to end with the research team, contributing to data preparation, analyses, and modeling, and has an interest in experimental design and machine learning models. Himal’s past experience includes performing statistical analyses and building data visualizations in online advertising, IT consulting, and digital health startups. Himal received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and his Master’s in Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Siddharth Raj is the Systems Administrator at the Children’s Data Network and specializes in virtualization and infrastructure design. He received his BS degree from Cal State, San Bernardino with almost twenty years of technology experience. Siddharth designed the IT architecture of the dedicated infrastructure that supports the Children’s Data Network. Also a full time ninja!
Stephanie is a Research Associate at the Children’s Data Network. She also holds a part-time appointment as a Research Associate at the California Child Welfare Indicators Project at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include child welfare services, poverty, and the use of linked administrative data for program evaluation and policy research. Dr. Cuccaro-Alamin has extensive experience linking statewide administrative data for research purposes. Past linkages have included vital statistics records, public assistance data, wage data, and child welfare data. Most recently her work has focused on linking child welfare and wage data to examine long-term employment outcomes for youth exiting foster care.
Kamilah is the Department Business Manager for the Research Administration Center in the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and oversees the Children’s Data Network portfolio. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA) and has over 13 years of experience in the field specializing in post-award and financial grants management. Kamilah received her BS degree from the University of Southern California with a major in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business and a minor in Professional and Managerial Communication from the Annenberg school.
Barbara is a data outreach and engagement consultant for the CDN and the retired principal investigator of the California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) at UC Berkeley. For more than a decade, Barbara led CCWIP’s ongoing collaborations with state and county colleagues to produce and publicly disseminate the data used to support the California Child Welfare Outcomes and Accountability System. She is a former member of California’s Child Welfare Council and former co-chair of the Data Linkage and Information Sharing Committee. In addition to her work for the CDN, Barbara continues to consult nationally with child welfare agencies.
Michael N. Mitchell
Michael is a Statistical Advisor for the Children’s Data Network and a Senior Statistician at the Veterans Administration, working on multiple research projects focused on sleep research. This research helps Veterans to improve their quality of sleep as well as improving our knowledge about effective treatments for poor sleep quality. He is actively involved in every phase of these research projects — research design, grant writing, data cleaning, data preparation, statistical analysis, interpretation of results, and writing of manuscripts. Previously, he worked for 12 years as a statistical consultant and manager of the UCLA ATS statistical consulting group, where he envisioned, designed and contributed to the UCLA Statistical Consulting Resources website. He is the author of three books — A Visual Guide to Stata Graphics, Data Management Using Stata: A Practical Handbook, and Interpreting and Visualizing Regression Models using Stata. He is working on his fourth book, Stata for the Behavioral Sciences due for release in 2015.
Eunhye is a doctoral student at USC’s School of Social Work and works as a research assistant for the Children’s Data Network. Her research interests include managing and utilizing administrative data in the social sector focusing on improving child welfare system. Eunhye received her master’s in social work from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and completed her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
Rachel Chen is an undergraduate student at USC’s Keck School of Medicine studying Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with a Business Finance minor. Her research interests include health care policy, educational justice, and child welfare among immigrant and marginalized communities. In addition to working as a research intern at the Children’s Data Network, she is also a student worker at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Finance Director of the Academic Culture Assembly, a Norman Topping Scholar, and a USC Gateway Scholar.
Tenia is Director of the California Social Work Education Center’s (CalSWEC) Child Welfare In-Service Training Program. Previously, Tenia served as Training and Evaluation Specialist at CalSWEC, facilitating the evaluation agenda of the statewide Common Core for new social workers and Supervisor Core for newly promoted supervisors, and chairing the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium (NHSTES) Steering Committee. Tenia currently leads the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program that focuses on development of the public social services workforce through providing technical assistance and facilitating collaboration between the regional training academies to improve training outcomes. Tenia received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her MSW at the University of Pennsylvania (SP2).
Lesford Duncan, MPH, is a community advocate, educator and coalition-builder with a passion for giving a voice to, and building resilience in, our society’s most vulnerable, including children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. He served as the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the County of San Bernardino’s Children’s Network for 4 years, training thousands of professionals and community members on the long-term adverse effects of child maltreatment, and has worked to develop nationally-recognized coalitions and campaigns that improve the well-being and resilience of children and families. Lesford recently joined the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health as the Cultural Competency Officer, where he oversees the development, implementation, and monitoring of culturally and linguistically appropriate services throughout the system of care, increasing access to mental health services to under-served populations. Lesford received his Bachelors from the University of Florida, Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Leadership from Loma Linda University, and is pursuing his Doctorate in Policy, Planning and Development (DPPD) at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.
Ivy Hammond is a research associate with the Children’s Data Network. In addition, she is a current PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley, where she works as a graduate researcher for the California Child Welfare Indicators Project. Her research focuses on child protection and maltreatment prevention efforts, with a particular emphasis on commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Prior to pursuing a PhD, Ivy worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as an Emergency Response child welfare worker. Ivy received her MSW from the University of Southern California and received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
Brianna Harvey is a doctoral student at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies under the Urban Schooling division. Her research focus is foster youth within education, specifically issues around racial disproportionality and the school to prison pipeline. Brianna has worked in the field of social work for over 10 years providing support to historically marginalized communities experiencing interactions with the public child welfare system as well as those struggling with issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health. She currently works as the Director for the Bruin Guardian Scholars Program at UCLA which provides extensive supports to over 150 foster youth attending the university. She received her Master’s of Social Work from USC and her Bachelors from the University of La Verne.
Lillie Guo is a research intern with the Children’s Data Network. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, studying Global Health with a minor in Gender and Social Justice. Her research interests include racial inequality, LGBTQ youth outcomes, and environmental justice.
Gauri is a pediatrician who has cared for patients in a variety of settings over the past decade, including children’s hospitals, academic medical centers, federally qualified health centers and the Indian Health Service. She currently practices within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, serving families involved in the child welfare system. Her interests are in health systems redesign aimed at population and life course health, with a specific emphasis on equity and child maltreatment prevention. Using CDN’s linked administrative records, she is examining child welfare system involvement among children born in California who are referred to early intervention services for developmental concerns. Gauri graduated from Stanford University with Honors in Human Biology, and obtained her MD and MPH from Northwestern University, where she was also the recipient of an Albert Schweitzer fellowship. She has an MS in Health Policy and Management from UCLA. She completed her residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, her fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and her fellowship in health services research at UCLA through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.
Claire is a research assistant for the Children’s Data Network and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the department of Social Work. Her research interests include child welfare and maternal/child health. She has worked at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Public Health Foundation of India, and the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Guardians ad Litem (GAL) Association for Children. Claire received her master’s in public health from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Colorado College.
Chris Mills is a doctoral student in economics at Princeton University and an affiliated researcher with the Children’s Data Network. He is passionate about using linked administrative data to study the causal effects of child welfare interventions on child and family wellbeing, and his research interests include human capital formation in foster care, foster parent labor supply, and expert decision-making. Chris holds a B.A. in economics and computer science from Cornell University.
Lindsey is a doctoral student at USC’s School of Social Work and works as a research assistant for the Children’s Data Network. Her research interests include juvenile justice, child welfare, and pregnant/parenting adolescents. Previously, she worked as a clinical social worker with pregnant/parenting foster and probation youth. Lindsey received her master’s in social work from USC and completed her bachelor’s in Nutritional Science and Psychology from California Polytechnic State University.
Judith L. Perrigo
Judith Perrigo is a doctoral student at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). Her expertise and research focuses on the well-being of young children (birth to 5), specifically as it relates to prevention and early intervention services. She has research experience in the following areas: child welfare, developmental disabilities, Part C early intervention (EI) services, child development and school readiness, neuro-cognitive development, mental health, early childhood education, and community/neighborhood wellness. Prior to her doctoral education, Judith practiced as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California, as a psychotherapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and as a coordinator for their Masters in Social Work (MSW) internship program. She is currently a fellow for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program and the CA Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (CA-LEND) Program.
Avanti Adhia is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) at the University of Washington. She consults with the Children’s Data Network on intimate partner and domestic violence-related projects. Her background is in social epidemiology, social determinants of health, quantitative methods, intimate partner violence, and adolescent health. The overall goal of her research is to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) by understanding the causes and consequences of IPV in addition to the role of policies and interventions in preventing and reducing violence. Avanti recently completed a 2-year fellowship on an NICHD T32 pediatric injury training and was awarded a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from NICHD to study the effectiveness of state IPV laws on school-based prevention and response in reducing the prevalence of adolescent IPV. Avanti earned her BS in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and her ScD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.
Ricardo is a Principal Analyst at the Los Angeles County Chief Information Office, where he leads the Countywide Performance Unit within the Analytics Center of Excellence. Previously, he was a Health Economist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he helped build, and led, a team tasked with conducting economic evaluations and health impact assessments of public programs and policies. As a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he led and collaborated in several evaluations of US and international efforts to respond to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Ricardo was appointed by the National Academy of Medicine to the Committee on the Use of Economic Evidence to Inform Investments in Children, Youth, and Families and was a RCMAR Scholar at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Trusts, The California Endowment, and First 5 LA. He received a PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an MS in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Economics from ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico.
Mia is a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches courses on public policy analysis at the Goldman School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on the intersection of criminal justice and health and human services policy. Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty, she spent seven years at the Public Policy Institute of California as a research fellow where she founded and directed a criminal justice data collection, linking, and evaluation effort designed to estimate the effects of criminal justice reforms on recidivism outcomes and identify best practices for recidivism-reduction at the local level. Mia also led a project focused on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on enrollment and recidivism outcomes for those involved with the criminal justice system. In the past, she has also worked as a research associate with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and American Institutes for Research. Mia holds a PhD in public policy, an MA in demography, and an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark is a Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He is a faculty affiliate of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where he served as Director from 2001 to 2006. Mark is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and is a Society for Social Work and Research Fellow. He received the 2010 Peter W. Forsythe Award for leadership in public child welfare from the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators and is currently a member of the Committee on Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. His fields of interest include child welfare policy and services, the connection between child welfare services and other institutions serving families living in poverty, the transition to adulthood for vulnerable populations, and the professionalization of social work. Before moving into academia, Mark worked in various capacities providing group home care to abused and neglected adolescents in California. He has served as a consultant to the federal government, state departments of social services, local public and private child welfare agencies, and the philanthropic community. Mark received his PhD, MSW and BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He also received an MA in Clinical Psychology from the John F. Kennedy University.
Megan Finno-Velasquez, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at New Mexico State University in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Finno-Velasquez completed her PhD in Social Work at USC in 2015, and spent the following year as post-doctoral fellow with USC and the CDN. Her research interests center broadly around Latino child well-being, community level maltreatment prevention strategies, and improving service system response to the needs of immigrant families at risk of child maltreatment. Dr. Finno-Velasquez’s current work examines potential reasons for geographic variations in maltreatment referrals in Southern California. She is also part of a team analyzing structured risk decision making data in the child protective services system in CA. Dr. Finno-Velasquez received her MSW from New Mexico Highlands University in 2007, and has a BS in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.
Denise Herz, Ph.D., currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to serving in this capacity, she was a Professor in and Director of the School of Criminal Justice & Criminalistics at Cal State Los Angeles. Dr. Herz has been actively engaged in research locally and nationally since 1996. Her primary area of research is in juvenile justice, with a particular emphasis on integrating systems to improve outcomes for youth who touch both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (dual system youth). Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2002, Dr. Herz has worked regularly with Los Angeles County agencies to improve practices for dual system youth and to assess Probation practices and programs in order to improve outcomes for all Probation-involved youth. She currently serves as Co-PI for the OJJDP Dual Systems Youth Study and Co-Research Director for the City of Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office. At the national level, she served as a consultant to the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, participating in many initiatives including but not limited to leading the development and implementation of the Crossover Youth Practice Model Research Component. Dr. Herz received her MA and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research areas include gender, family demography, inequality, work-family, social policy, child welfare, and comparative sociology, focusing on how social contexts, particularly social policies and opportunities in the labor market, impact individuals and families. Her recent work examines the influence of country context on fathers’ time with children, the division of household labor, and women’s employment, as well as the impacts of state policy and practice on foster children’s outcomes and the economic vulnerability of parents involved with the child welfare system. She has used administrative data to examine regional variation in child welfare practices and county-level legal representation on family reunification of parents and their children placed in foster care in Washington State. In a new project, she used linked administrative data on child welfare, economic services, and employment to examine parents’ economic trajectories in relation to child welfare involvement, and the association between economic trajectories and family reunification. Her research has appeared in journals including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and the European Sociological Review. She is coauthor of Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries (Russell Sage 2009). Jennifer Hook received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego. She is a subspecialist trained in pediatric gastroenterology and is Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. She is also a Physician Informaticist at Rady Children’s Hospital. The primary focus of Dr. Huang’s research and clinical work to date has been to improve health outcomes in children and adolescents suffering from chronic disease. In particular, she has focused her recent research endeavors on how to creatively use emerging technologies including the electronic health record to improve insights into the practice of healthcare and how such insights can be used to improve the quality and reach of healthcare.
Michael is an Associate Professor at USC’s School of Social Work. In addition to his position at USC, Michael maintains an affiliation with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, contributing to collaborative opportunities for research with faculty at CASRC. His areas of expertise include clinical practice patterns in community-based public mental health service settings for children and adolescents; implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions; and developmental risks and trajectories among children in contact with child welfare. He is recognized for his detailed micro-analytic practice studies that inform efforts to improve public mental health care and his methodological experience with analysis of large-scale, national data sets. Michael has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, including a career development award focused on practice research in public mental health settings. He actively leads one component of a large, ongoing NIMH-funded randomized trial examining approaches to implementation of a well-established parent training program (The Incredible Years) in multiple counties in California. He is currently the co-principal investigator of the Principal Research Core in an NIMH-funded Advanced Center for Intervention and Services Research (ACISR) at CASRC. His current work concentrates on using technologically-supported behavioral measurements to improve prediction and prevention of unplanned foster placement disruptions. Michael earned his PhD at the University of California, San Diego.
Elizabeth is an assistant professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Her research broadly covers three areas: 1) basic and applied research on justice system-involved youth; 2) developmental research; and 3) school-based intervention research. Her justice system research uses administrative data investigating the mental, emotional, and behavioral health among probation youth. This uncovers the specific treatment needs probation youth bring as they come in contact with the justice system. In her developmental research, Elizabeth uses community-based longitudinal surveys to examine predictors as well as consequences of behavioral health problems, informing targets for prevention. Finally, as a research affiliate of the Berkeley Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare, Elizabeth continues to engage in school-based intervention research, examining the role of a social emotional learning program in reducing school discipline. Together, her research seeks to offer practical solutions to school-to-prison pipeline. Elizabeth earned her PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Bryn King, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and an Affiliated Researcher at the Children’s Data Network, University of Southern California and the California Child Welfare Indicators Project, University of California, Berkeley. She received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work, New York University and her doctorate from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. At the broadest level, Bryn’s research focuses on the well-being of older children and youth in the child welfare system, particularly those who spend time in foster care.
Cynthia L. Kuelbs, M.D., is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She received her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Minnesota and completed her Pediatric residency at UCSD. Board certified in Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics and Clinical Informatics, she is interested in using the electronic medical record (EMR) and technology to better understand what factors influence health and healthcare. As a child abuse pediatrician and former Medical Director at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, she is interested in how mental health trauma affects health and the way in which patients interact with health care and in understanding the impact that social determinants of health, particularly chronic stress and exposure to violence and abuse, have on physical and mental health. She is a proponent of understanding how adverse childhood experiences impact health, as well as ensuring that health care providers screening for these events and working with patients who have experienced them are able to interact with patients in a trauma informed way.
Hedwig (Hedy) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle.She is broadly interested in the social determinants and consequences of population health and health disparities, with a particular focus on race/ethnicity, poverty, race-related stress, and the family. Hedy’s research draws from multiple sources of data to investigate these relationships.Her recent work examines the impact of family member incarceration on the health and attitudes of family members, association between discrimination and mental and physical health, documenting trends in racial/ethnic health disparities, socioeconomic causes and consequences of obesity in childhood and adolescence, and using social media data for demographic and health research.
Joe is an associate specialist for the California Child Welfare Indicators Project. He is a social work researcher who specializes is analyzing longitudinal administrative data to understand children’s experience in the child welfare system. He is especially interested in the long-term effects of child welfare decisions on children’s lives. Joe joined the Child Welfare Indicators Project after working as a child welfare program specialist for the California Department of Social Services for several decades. He earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Stacia is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and co-PI for the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), the nation’s first modern guaranteed income experiment. The mixed methods RCT for SEED is funded by the Evidence for Action Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Stacia’s other research priorities are unconditional cash transfers, affordable housing, the feminization of poverty, and income and wealth inequality. Her work has appeared in leading social work and microeconomics journals. Stacia received her BA and MSSW from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas.
Ann Owens is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at USC. Her areas of research include urban sociology, social stratification, sociology of education, quantitative methods, and social policy. Her current research focuses on the causes and consequences of inequalities in neighborhood and school contexts. Projects in progress include documenting trends, causes, and consequences of school segregation by income; the consequences of changes in assisted housing policy for neighborhood well-being; the causes of socioeconomic changes in majority-Hispanic neighborhoods; and the consequences of neighborhood inequality for educational attainment into young adulthood. She is a faculty affiliate of the Spatial Sciences Institute and the Population Research Center. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Ann completed her PhD in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.
Janet is a Research Associate Professor for USC’s School of Social Work. Previously, she worked for the USC Department of Nursing. She has partnered with the Community Assessment and Treatment Center at LAC+USC to evaluate health problems in children in the child welfare system and child welfare caregivers’ barriers to accessing pediatric health care. In 2009, Janet was awarded a 5-year KO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study medical neglect of children in the child welfare system. Currently, she is assessing the role of caregivers, birth parents, and foster parents as they navigate the pediatric health care system to obtain needed health services. Janet has also received a USC Urban Initiative grant with the USC School of Dentistry to evaluate oral health and the effect of wraparound services on adherence to follow-up care for adults with developmental disabilities. Her additional research interests include: child maltreatment; the role of case management in health and human services; the relationship of health education to adherence; family health and well being; and culture and health. Janet received her PhD from the University of Southern California.
Dorian is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at USC’s School of Social Work. Her research agenda focuses on the behavioral health of high-risk adolescents. Traube’s research is theory-driven and results in strategies for promoting behavioral and social functioning for high-risk populations of youth between the ages of 13 and 24.She has made scholarly contributions in three topic areas that assist in translating models of behavioral risk across high-risk adolescent populations: behavioral health of adolescents affected by AIDS; behavioral health of young men who have sex with men; and behavioral health of child welfare-involved adolescents. In establishing that models of behavioral risk can be translated across various high-risk adolescent populations, Traube hopes to create adolescent behavioral health prevention interventions that can be delivered to multiple at-risk populations. She is currently the principal investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded R01 to determine the prevalence and impact of substance use, predictors of substance abuse over the course of adolescent development, and the role that current child welfare services play in ameliorating substance use and abuse. She is also funded by the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute to validate two mental health screening tools currently used by the Los Angeles County departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services to screen children in foster care for mental health needs. Traube received her doctorate in social work from Columbia University.
Rhema is co-director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, where she is also a Professor of Health Economics. Rhema is widely recognized for her ambitious research using linked administrative data for social impact. She led the international research team that developed the Allegheny Family Screening Tool, a child welfare predictive risk modelling tool that has been in use in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania since August 2016. Rhema is leading and collaborating on the development of a number of other US predictive risk modelling tools designed to reduce the adverse effects of social problems including homelessness and child maltreatment. She has held numerous research positions in Australia, Singapore and the US including a Harkness Fellowship at Harvard University. Rhema earned her PhD in economics at the University of Auckland, NZ.
Sarah Vega, M.D., is a Child Abuse Pediatrics fellow at Rady Children’s Hospital and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She received her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University and her medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern. She completed her Pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is interested in furthering the public health response to adverse childhood events (ACEs) and strengthening the resilience of children and their families, particularly those of underserved populations.
Irene Vidyanti is a Data Scientist/Systems Modeler for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She is also affiliated with University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics (as a Collaborating Programmer) and RAND (as an Adjunct Researcher). She received her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Southern California and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Information and Computer Engineering from Cambridge University. Her expertise is in using systems science / simulation modeling and data science to evaluate the impact of interventions on health and other sectors and to aid in operations, policy planning, and decision-making. Her previous research included evaluations of increased tobacco tax and permanent supportive housing, prioritization of restaurant health inspections using predictive analytics, and design and evaluation of a technology-assisted depression screening tool in safety-net clinics in Los Angeles County.
Daniel is Principal investigator of the California Child Welfare Indicators Project at UC Berkeley. Daniel has provided technical assistance for the past decade in the understanding and use of longitudinal data to promote system improvement to public child welfare agencies in the states of Alaska, California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. He is also currently the evaluation liaison for the California grantee (California Partners for Permanency) of the Federal Permanency Innovations Initiative to reduce long-term foster care and he regularly co-instructs courses through the Regional Training Academies on the application of advanced analytics for public child welfare administrators from state and county agencies. Daniel earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Christopher is an Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology and a faculty fellow at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, the Center for the Study of Inequality, Court-Key-Bauer Hall, and the Cornell Population Center. Prior to joining Cornell’s faculty, Christopher was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University and a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Since 2013, he has been a visiting fellow at the Bureau of Justice Statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University in 2008. From 2008-2010, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar and postdoctoral affiliate in the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health, and children. He is also interested in child welfare more broadly, especially as relates to child maltreatment and the foster care system. He was the 2013 recipient of the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology.
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