Cohort Three





April Allen
Spark Learning for Organizations LLC

PhD, Public Policy, Brandeis University

Improving data-driven decision-making in child welfare and human services systems through community engaged research, training, and technical assistance.


Kaela Byers
University of Kansas

PhD, Social Welfare, University of Kansas

Applying ecobiodevelopmental and cross-systems approaches to promoting well-being among vulnerable children using advanced analytic approaches and a translational, prevention framework to solve family, organizational, and systems-level issues that impact young children.


Barbara Chaiyachati
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Yale School of Medicine

MD, Yale University

Assessing the epigenetic and immunologic consequences of child abuse that may underpin some of the long-term health outcomes of maltreatment.


Megan Feely
University of Connecticut

PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Researching social and health disparities, trauma, and violence prevention for women, children and families.



Colleen Katz
Hunter College

PhD, Social Work, University of Chicago

A child welfare practitioner and researcher, studying how to best support youth with experiences of trauma and maltreatment.


Elisa Kawam
Western New Mexico University

PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University

Increasing transdisciplinary awareness, prevention, and treatment of experiences of lifecoruse violence/trauma with respect to physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.


Chie Kotake
Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research at Tufts University

PhD, Child Development, Tufts University

Promoting health and well-being of children and families facing adversities through linking research to practice.


Joseph Mienko
University of Washington

PhD, Social Work, University of Washington

Social welfare scholar analyzing the demographics of social service administrative data.


Sheridan Miyamoto
Pennsylvania State University

PhD, Nursing, University of California-Davis

Promoting Telehealth to improve care for vulnerable children, adolescents, and adults.



Jennifer A. Mortensen
University of Nevada-Reno

PhD, Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona

Identifying protective factors for at-risk families with infants and toddlers, including parenting processes, family supports, and interactions with early care and education systems.


Carlomagno Panlilio
Pennsylvania State University

PhD, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland 

Understanding the pathways to educational achievement of child welfare-involved students through self-regulation and self-regulated learning.


Megan Hayes Piel
The University of Texas at San Antonio

PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University

Researching the experiences of foster care youth navigating the mental health system as they age out of care.


Elizabeth Shuey
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

PhD, Child Development, Tufts University

Serving families with young children by conducting international research that informs policy decisions and supports countries to review and redesign systems.


Jalika Street
Atlanta VA Medical Center

PhD, Psychology, Georgia State University

Researching individual resiliency factors among women, children, and families to help prevent abuse and neglect.


Natalia Walsh
University of California, San Diego

PhD, Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University/University of California-San Diego

Bridging the gaps between research, policy, and practice to improve outcomes for trauma exposed individuals.