Cohort Four



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Leah Bartley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PhD, Social Work, University of Maryland-Baltimore

Working to understand factors related to organizational fidelity to a child maltreatment prevention program.


Rosemary Bernstein
University of California-San Francisco

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon

Working to interrupt intergenerational transmissions of maltreatment via trauma informed, attachment-based, community-building, prenatal and perinatal group interventions.


Daniel Busso
FrameWorks Institute

PhD, Education, Harvard University

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


Leah Cheatham
University of Alabama

PhD, Social Work, The Florida State University

Focusing on the intersection of disability and child well-being to inform policy and practice through a social justice lens.

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Aislinn Conrad
University of Iowa

PhD, Social Welfare, The University of Kansas

Preventing child abuse and neglect by boosting families’ financial certainty and positive parenting strategies.

Catherine Corr
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

PhD, Special Education, University of Illinois

Supporting the well-being of young children with disabilities (birth-8 years old) and their families.


Leah Gjertson
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

PhD, Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Promoting family economic security and well-being through applied research and governmental partnerships.


Chelsea Smith Gonzalez

PhD, Sociology, University of Texas-Austin

Specializing in demography and family demography.


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Brianna Lemmons
Baylor University

PhD, Social Work, Howard University

Focusing on the structure and functioning of African American fathers and families.


Megan Madison
Center for Racial Justice in Education

PhD candidate, Social Policy, Brandeis University

Utilizing participatory action research to advance racial equity in the early childhood teaching workforce.


Erin Marsh

MS, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University

Using data to drive strategies to combat human trafficking and elevating survivors’ voices and experiences throughout the research process. 



Meredith Matone
PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

DrPH, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University 

Using health services research and program evaluation to identify opportunities for strengthening maltreatment prevention programming.



Katherine Paschall
Child Trends

PhD, Family Studies and Human Development, The University of Arizona

Examining practice and policy solutions to issues of inequity in infant and toddler well-being.


Abigail Ross
Fordham Univeristy

PhD, Social Work, Boston University

Advancing scientific knowledge related to evidence-based preventive interventions designed to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families.


Alayna Schreier
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Integrating research, practice, and policy to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.