July 2021 Newsletter


Research Highlight: Network Members Publish Textbook


Lisa Schelbe and Jennifer Geiger have written a textbook titled “The Handbook on Child Welfare Practice” that will be available in August 2021. This textbook incorporates cutting-edge research and best practices in child welfare and aims to teach and refine advanced child welfare skills for aspiring child welfare professionals.

As the book incorporates current research with direct policy and practice implications, work from many Child Well-Being Research Network members is included. The book includes practice, policy, and research notes that were written by the following fellows; Leah  Bartley, Barbara Chaiyachati, Leah Cheatham, Carly Dierkhising, Colleen Cary Katz, Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, Christina Mondi-Rago, Tova Walsh. Each chapter of the book features suggested activities and highlights a journal article to read with a prompt for a reflection paper. The work of the following fellows is featured in the suggested activities; Lindsey Bullinger, Kaela Byers, Catherine Corr, Andrea Eastman, Megan Finno-Velasquez, Megan Feely, Charlotte Heleniak, Francie Julien-Chinn, Bart Klika, Paul Lanier, Ericka Lewis, Jared Parrish, Megan Piel, Kerri Raissian, William Schneider, Kristen Seay, Lindsey Weil.

For more information on this publication, visit the Springer website here.

Research Highlight: Reporting Guide for Study Authors


Scott Brown recently collaborated with several authors to create the Prevention Services and Clearinghouse Reporting Guide for Study Authors. The guide aims to facilitate the Clearinghouse review process and help study authors describe their studies completely and consistently. Scott recently spoke at a webinar that walked participants through the guide and discussed how the Clearinghouse uses study information to determine eligibility for review, assign design and execution ratings, and determine program or service ratings.

New Member Announcement:

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The Child Well-Being Research Network has recently welcomed 33 new members to the Network. We are very excited to have each of these outstanding scholars join us in the mission and purpose of the Network. Stayed tuned for a special edition of our newsletter highlighting these new members later this week!

Network Member Updates: 

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Megan Finno-Velasquez and her colleagues urge the US to adopt child welfare strategies that will protect unaccompanied minors migrating to the US, in a recent op-ed publication in The Hill. In this piece, Megan and her colleagues advocate that the Biden administration must reform the entire immigration system to center the best interests of children. Read more to learn about their recommendations for reducing the number of children entering Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody, and increasing ORR-licensed bed capacity.

Tova Walsh and her colleagues have a new publication in the Social Work journal, “Locating Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at the Heart of Social Work”. This paper reviews the history and contributions of the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) field and argues that IECMH offers essential tools for social workers to support the well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.



Clinton Boyd Jr. has two professional updates:

· In partnership with the National Home Visiting Resource Center, he has produced two videos about engaging Black fathers in home visiting. Here’s the link: Clinton’s Story – Engaging Black Fathers in Home Visiting.

· In partnership with Start Early, he has produced a short blog discussing the importance of Black fathers and a father’s impact on their child’s early development. Here’s the link to the blog: A Father’s Impact on Early Childhood Development.

Annie Davis and colleagues recently had a paper published in the Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology journal. For this publication, “Impact of an approach to integrated care for young children in low-income urban settings: Perspectives of primary care clinicians”, she interviewed primary care clinicians regarding their experiences with HealthySteps in Baltimore. It was found that primary care clinicians reported HealthySteps reduced their stress, eased their workload, and supported job satisfaction. and that they believe it has positive impacts on families. Findings also highlight the role HealthySteps plays in improving relationships with families and case conceptualization.


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Christina Mondi-Rago was co-awarded a Small Grant for Early Career Scholars from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). The grant will fund longitudinal data collection for COVID-Forward, a national study on which she is one of the Principal Investigators.