Cohort Six




Clinton Boyd, Jr.
Duke University

PhD, Sociology, Georgia State University

Utilizing evidence to ensure family policies, child-serving public systems, and social service providers value fathers as assets to their children, families, and communities.


Scott Brown
Abt Associates

PhD, Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University

Managing a systematic review study of prevention programs for child welfare placements, and supporting a variety of other surveyed administrative data projects in housing and child welfare.



Lindsey Bullinger
Georgia Tech University

PhD, Public Policy, Indiana University

Uses large datasets and rigorous empirical methods to understand the intended and unintended consequences of public policies on child and family health and well-being.


Christina Myers
University of Illinois at Chicago

PhD, Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania

Utilizing evidence to implement interventions, programs and reforms that effectively improve organizational processes and outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system.


Andrea Eastman
University of Southern California

PhD, Social Work, University of Southern California

Research using linked, administrative data to evaluate program effectiveness and answer policy relevant questions concerning vulnerable youth in child protection and juvenile justice systems.


Julia Fleckman
Tulane University

PhD, Public Health, Tulane University

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


Kelley Fong
Georgia Tech

PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University

Analyzing the perspectives and experiences of Child Protective Services stakeholders to support reforms addressing families’ persistent needs and promoting engagement between families and service providers.


Alison Giovanelli
University of California, San Francisco, Department of Pediatrics – Adolescent Medicine

PhD, Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, University of Minnesota

Approaching intervention and prevention efforts targeting adolescent health and well-being through a developmental lens, and effectively leveraging technology in these efforts.


Lindsay Huffhines
Brown University, Alpert Medical School

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Kansas

Identifying the psychobiological factors implicated in risk and resilience processes in the development of health problems in maltreated children.



Rachel Katz
Ounce of Prevention Fund

PhD, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Exploring the influence of early experiences on child development, including how development may be impacted by child care and home visiting, caregiver-child relationships, and adversity.


Melissa Marquardt
Private Practice

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon

Providing evidenced-based and evidenced-informed assessment and therapy services to children, adolescents, and young adults with significant emotional, academic, and behavioral challenges.


Anika Schenck-Fontaine
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories

PhD, Public Policy, Duke University

Uses longitudinal survey data and interdisciplinary approaches to understand the effects of material and psychological economic hardship on parenting behavior and children’s development.


Jennifer Daer Shields
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Advancing the scientific understanding of factors that impact engagement and attrition in treatment services for children exposed to early adversity.


Kate Stepleton
MEF Associates

PhD, Social Work, Rutgers University

Building evidence about social policies that promote well-being for children and families.


Lindsey E.G. Weil
Stanford University / Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University

Researching health and well-being among youth in the child welfare system.