Cohort Five




Jenna Montgomery Armstrong
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PhD, School Psychology, North Carolina State University

Partnering with communities, coalitions, and state agencies to optimize the outcomes and sustainability of population level evidence-based interventions using implementation science.


Karmel Choi
Harvard School of Public Health & Mass General Hospital

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Duke University

Using genomics, data science, and epidemiology to study human resilience – i.e., how people recover from stress and trauma – across the life course.


Kyndra Cleveland

PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of California-Irvine

Improving Juvenile Dependency practice, policy, and decision-making by promoting fair practices, participant voice, family-based outcomes, and social justice.



Charlotte Heleniak
Columbia University

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Washington

Researching violence exposure, social cognition and aggression among children and adolescents.


Elizabeth Jarpe-Ratner
University of Illinois-Chicago

PhD, Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois-Chicago

Using innovative and rigorous evaluation methods to explore the implementation of program, policy, system, and environmental change approaches in practice and in turn support capacity building in practice settings.


Francie Julien-Chinn
The University of Hawai’i at Manoa

PhD, Social Work, Arizona State University

Working to strengthen the child welfare workforce, enhance family resiliency, and eliminate family houselessness. 


Ericka M. Lewis
University of Maryland

PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Exploring positive father involvement as a protective factor in the prevention of neglect and adverse child outcomes.


Francesca Longo
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

PhD, Applied Development and Educational Psychology, Boston College

Bridging the gap between research and policy to positively impact child and family well-being.



Kelly Jedd McKenzie
U.S Department of Health and Human Services

PhD, Child Development, University of Minnesota

Serving children and families by using research to inform policies that promote resilience and child well-being.


Elizabeth (Miller) McGuier
University of Pittsburgh

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Working to prevent maltreatment through a better understanding of parents’ risk for perpetration and quicker translation of evidence-based interventions to real-world settings.



Nathanael Okpych
University of Connecticut

PhD, Social Work, University of Chicago

Identifying modifiable risk and protective factors to improve college outcomes for youth with foster care histories.


Jared Parrish
Alaska Department of Health and Human Services

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Creating an epidemiological mixed-design approach to quantify the incidence of child maltreatment and exploring factors of predisposition.


Cassandra Robertson
Cornell Population Center

PhD, Sociology, Harvard University

Focusing on the predictors of intergenerational economic mobility, including health, race, and education.


Judith C. Scott
Boston University

PhD, Applied Child Development, Tufts University

Researching trauma and violence among diverse children, youth, and families to inform prevention practices.



Emily Warren
Council for Large Public Housing Authorities

PhD, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Examining the effects of housing insecurity on family well-being and the most effective interventions for ensuring long-term housing stability.