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JBA's experienced and highly skilled staff members are well equipped to address the informational needs of public and non-profit organizations across a broad range of content areas. With advanced degrees in fields including psychology, public health, education, child development, anthropology, and political science, JBA's staff members combine substantive knowledge of federal and state health and human services programs with competency in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

 
  
  
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Founder and President

​James Bell (M.A. in Political Science, California State University Northridge) has 40 years of experience in designing and directing national program evaluations. Currently for the Children’s Bureau, Mr. Bell is focusing on developing evaluations for the national Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation​  for foster care children. Mr. Bell has focused on evaluating the clinical outcomes and cost of integrated services for persons with HIV/AIDS and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. He was the Principal Investigator for the HIV/AIDS Treatment Adherence, Health Outcomes and Cost Study, a cooperative research effort jointly funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. For the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Mr. Bell directed Evaluation of Efforts to Implement and Spread Comparative Effectiveness Review Findings. Mr. Bell has also conducted health care evaluations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense (Health Affairs) as well as several other Federal and state agencies responsible for health care programs.

Mr. Bell has directed or led more than 20 evaluations for the NIH over three decades: the latest national evaluation of the U.S. Human Research Subjects' Protection Program for the Office of Extramural Research and evaluations of the Shared Use Scientific Instrumentation and General Clinical Research Centers Programs for the National Center for Research Resources. He assisted the National Cancer Institute with a congressionally mandated evaluation of the National Cancer Research Program (Measure of Progress Against Cancer) and the National Cancer Advisory Board with a related strategic plan for cancer research (Cancer at a Crossroads).

Before founding JBA in 1979, Mr. Bell was a Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where as a senior member of the Program Evaluation Studies Group developed a method of planning and implementing multidisciplinary program evaluations employing logic models that combined quantitative and qualitative methods.

  
Executive Vice President

Jill Filene (M.P.H., University of North Carolina) has over 15 years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and technical assistance (TA). Her areas of expertise include home visiting, child welfare, child development, prevention services, and implementation research. Ms. Filene is the Project Director for the National ​Home Visiting Resource Center​ and the second Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood ​Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) ​projects. For the first DOHVE project, she was the Project Director of the TA Component. On the first DOHVE project, she contributed to the development of the national evaluation design options for the MIECHV Program, Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE). Ms. Filene is part of the management team and contributes to the development of research methodologies, data collection, and site recruitment on both MIHOPE and Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program - Strong Start. Ms. Filene is also a member of the management team for the Home Visiting Research Network. She recently completed two meta-analyses, Meta-Analytic Review of Components Associated with Home Visitation Programs and Parent Training Meta-Analysis Update and Extension. Ms. Filene directed the National Cross-S​ite Evaluation of the Replication of Demonstrated Effective Prevention Programs and the Implementation Evaluation of Palm Beach County’s Nurse Family Partnership Program. She worked on the Children’s Bureau’s (CB) project to provide evaluation technical assistance to discretionary grantees. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Filene was a Research Fellow for the Center for Disease Control, working on replication studies, a meta-analysis of parent training programs, and providing evaluation technical assistance to statewide effectiveness trials of child maltreatment prevention programs.

  
Vice President

James P. DeSantis (Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Catholic University of America) has over 25 years of research, program design, evaluation, and technical assistance (TA) experience focusing on child welfare, child and adolescent development, TA and prevention services, Head Start and Early Head Start, comprehensive two-generation family support programs, integration of services across program areas, and organizational and systems change initiatives. Dr. DeSantis currently is the Project Director for  Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborativea 5-year evaluation funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) that studies the effectiveness of training and technical assistance in building capacities in child welfare organizations and strengthening the services provided for children, youth, and families.​ He is also the Corporate Supervisor and Monitor for two other ACF projects: the Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare and the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-Child Welfare Coordination Data Capacity Building projects. Dr. DeSantis has also directed other large-scale research and evaluation projects including Cross-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers, which examined the effectiveness of T/TA services provided to State and tribal child welfare agencies implementing organizational and systems changes. For several years, prior to assuming the role as Corporate Monitor, Dr. DeSantis directed the JBA contract to provide Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs helping to build evaluation capacity within human services agencies. He served as Project Director, and later as Corporate Monitor for the Adaptable Evaluation Training and Technical Assistance for Healthy Marriage, Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Tribal/TANF Child Welfare Grantees project for Office of Family Assistance. As Project Director for the Evaluation Technical Assistance and Cross-Site Evaluation of Early Head Start/Child Welfare Services Demonstration Grants project, he managed evaluation TA advisors, participated in developing evaluation tools and resources, developed ongoing evaluation reports, and presented findings at conferences and briefings for the ACYF Commissioner and Federal Interagency Workgroup on Child Abuse and Neglect.

  
Vice President

Kate Lyon (M.A. in Applied Cultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University) has 12 years of experience in program evaluation; applied social science research; and evaluation technical assistance (TA) in early childhood, child welfare, maltreatment prevention, substance abuse, and mental health. Ms. Lyon has provided evaluation TA to States, tribes, and community-based organizations receiving discretionary grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, the Children’s Bureau, and the Office of Family Assistance. She currently directs the Tribal ​​Evaluation Institute, which provides TA to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations implementing Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grants on rigorous evaluation, tracking and reporting on benchmarks, data systems, and continuous quality improvement. Ms. Lyon is also the Project Director for the ACF project,​ Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting​​. She also provides TA to state MIECHV grantees through the​Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation contract. Ms. Lyon is the Project Director of an evaluation of Delaware’s Promoting Safe and Stable Families Consultation and Support Program, a child maltreatment prevention program. She was previously Site Liaison to grantees funded through the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, which included conducting a national cross-site evaluation and providing TA to local evaluators. 

  
Vice President of Finance and Administration

​​Lina Gong (M.B.A., Groupe Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Rennes) joined JBA in 2010. Ms. Gong has 15 years of experience in corporate finance, operations management, and federal contracting. As Vice President of Finance and Administration, she overseas a broad range of functions including Finance, Contracting, Human Resources, and IT. She is responsible for cash flow management, business proposal development, financial projections and reporting, tax planning, and benefits management. Ms. Gong has a Masters of Business Administration from Groupe Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Rennes in France and is a Certified Financial Planner. Prior to joining JBA, she was the Director of Finance and Administration for Lee and Associates, Inc., in Washington, D.C. for 7 years.

  
Director

Elliott Graham (Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration, Evaluation Studies, University of Minnesota) has over 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance. Dr. Graham currently serves as Project Director for JBA’s contract titled Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs, for which he oversees TA activities provided on behalf of Federal grantees implementing projects in the areas of trauma-informed services, abandoned infants assistance, child welfare-early childhood systems collaboration, and recruitment of foster and adoptive families. As Project Director for JBA’s contract to provide Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E​ Waiver Demonstrations, Dr. Graham oversees ongoing evaluation TA efforts on behalf of over 30 title IV-E agencies (including State and tribal child welfare departments and the District of Columbia) implementing innovative programs that improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children in the child welfare system. Previously with JBA, Dr. Graham provided TA under a contract with the Office of Family Assistance to support the evaluation efforts of Federal grantees implementing projects designed to support healthy marriages and promote responsible fatherhood. Before joining JBA, Dr. Graham worked on projects for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development and assisted in planning and implementing the National Evaluation of the Too Smart to Start underage alcohol use prevention program for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Dr. Graham’s other areas of professional interest and expertise include theories of change, logic models, and child welfare information systems and technologies. ​

  
Director

Susan Zaid (M.A. in Sociology, University of Houston) brings over 17​ years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance in the areas of home visiting, prevention services, and child welfare. Ms. Zaid served as the Deputy Project Director of the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE), administered by ACF in partnership with HRSA, where she provides support to Federal home visiting programs in the areas of evaluation, performance monitoring, continuous quality improvement, and data systems. She continues her position as Deputy Project Director of second the DOHVE project. In addition, Ms. Zaid works on other home visiting projects including the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation, administered by ACF, which is a large-scale random assignment evaluation of home visiting programs; and the Mother, ​Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Report to Congress, administered by HRSA. Ms. Zaid has also evaluated programs in the areas of foster care, adoption, child abuse and neglect, and family preservation. She is proficient in survey design, developing data management systems and protocols, developing data collection interview tools and protocols, conducting interviews and focus groups, and performing cost analyses on home visiting programs. Ms. Zaid has experience designing implementation plans and monitoring adherence to implementation plans for several home visiting programs.

  
Communications Director

Doreen Major Ryan (M.A. in English and American Literature, New York University) joined JBA in 2015 and has over 20 years of experience as a health communications professional with expertise in writing, editing, product development, and project management. Currently for JBA she is the Communications Director working as the Senior Writer with a ​team to develop products such as a toolkit on cost analysis for the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E​ Waiver Demonstrations project and as the Lead for the Dissemination Team on the ​National ​Home Visiting Resource Center ​ ​and Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation projects. Ms. Major Ryan brings to JBA the ability to communicate complex information using plain language in a way that is accessible and effective. She is knowledgeable about public health issues such as substance abuse, mental health, women’s and children’s health and well-being, and violence prevention. Ms. Major Ryan has direct experience developing newsletters, journal articles, reports, fact sheets, and curricula for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, and others.

  
Retired Executive Vice President/Consultant

Elyse Kaye founded JBA’s children and family services practice area in 1988. She has had over 30 years of experience directing program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance (TA) projects for Federal and State government agencies. Ms. Kaye has directed studies on foster care, adoption, child abuse and neglect, family preservation and support, and service integration and collaboration. For the past 20 years, she has directed JBA’s project Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E​ Waiver Demonstrations for the Children’s Bureau, a component of the Administration for Children and Families. For this project, Ms. Kaye has provided guidance and support to States in developing rigorous program evaluations and has prepared several documents that synthesize evaluation findings from State Title IV-E waiver demonstrations. In addition, Ms. Kaye also served as Corporate Monitor for the Evaluation of Family Connection Discretionary Grants and the Cross-S​ite Evaluation of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program. Ms. Kaye directed JBA’s 6-year study on the Implementation of Family Preservation/Family Support Programs (renamed the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program). In this capacity, she conducted case studies in 10 states and 20 counties to assess planning and collaboration efforts, program implementation issues, and system- and individual-level outcomes. She prepared a synthesis report and topical papers on collaboration and consumer involvement. In addition, she previously directed the National Survey of Current and Former Foster Parents.

  
Senior Research Associate

Pirkko Ahonen (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of New Mexico and M.S. in Counseling, University of Nevada) has 17 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the Project Director for the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-Child Welfare Coordination Data Capacity Building project sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); the Project Lead on the Evaluation of the ESSA Title 1, Part D Neglected and Delinquent Programs  sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; and a Senior Research Associate for the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative​  sponsored by the Children's Bureau (CB). She also has recently served as the Project Director for the Study of Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families​ and Child Welfare Services as well and a Senior Research Associate for ​the Cross-S​ite Evaluation of the Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers. She has worked closely with the CB Discretionary Grantees and a number of initiatives funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), including the Adaptable Evaluation Training and Technical Assistance for Healthy Marriage, Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Tribal/TANF Child Welfare Grantees. Dr. Ahonen has provided evaluation support and conducted data collection activities with a large number of tribal projects.​ Her experience has included projects conducted on behalf of ACF's OFA and OPRE, the CB, U.S. Department of Education, as well as an array of local and regional organizations. 

  
Senior Research Associate

Grace Atukpawu-​Tipton (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Stanford University and M.S.W., University of California, Los Angeles) has over 10 years of experience in program evaluation, evaluation technical assistance (TA), and applied social science research in the fields of child welfare, education, and psychology. Dr. Atukpawu-Tipton provides TA to grantees through the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation contract and is part of the research team for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Evaluation–Strong Start project. Dr. Tipton works with grantees as a TA Liaison and Evaluator for the Cross-Site ​Evaluation of the Family Connections Discretionary Grants. In addition, she works with the Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System and the Child Welfare-Education System Collaborations to Increase Educational Stability clusters through JBA’s Evaluation TA to Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs. Dr. Atukpawu-Tipton was the Project Director and Site Liaison for the Implementation, Cost, and Outcome Evaluation of a Two Generation Strategy​​ sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and she also supports JBA’s project to conduct the Summative Evaluation of the Regional Resource Center Programs funded by the Office of Special Education. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Atukpawu-Tipton​ conducted research on the psychosocial development of foster care youth transitioning to independent living. She worked with abused and neglected children as a Social Worker for the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles, California, providing services to children and families in kinship care, foster homes, and group homes.

  
Senior Research Associate

Todd Bartko (Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University) has over 20 years of experience in social science research and program administration. Dr. Bartko brings to JBA his expertise in applied social science research, program evaluation, and advanced longitudinal data analytics. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of mental health/psychosocial functioning of children, youth, and families; health services research; risk and resilience research; positive youth development; stress and coping models; and changes in family relationships. Dr. Bartko is currently working on a Survey to Assess Section 508 Conformance for the United States Forest Service and​​ is part of a team working to complete the case studies and cross-site report for the multi-site evaluation of the Permanency Innovations Initiative.​ He has recently completed his work on the outcome and cost studies for the project funded by Annie E. Casey Foundation, Implementation, Cost, and Outcome Evaluation of a Two-Generation Strategy, to provide integrated high-quality early childhood education to children and family economic supports and capacity building services to caregivers in four programs in geographically diverse areas. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Bartko provided research and analytic services to academic and nonprofit clients and was formerly the Executive Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood. Dr. Bartko also worked as a researcher studying child and adolescent development at the University of Michigan.​

  
Senior Research Associate

Joanna DeWolfe (M.S. in Family and Community Development, University of Maryland) joined JBA in 2008 and has 20 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. At JBA, Ms. DeWolfe is a Senior Research Associate on the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers, a mixed method, longitudinal evaluation that assesses the effectiveness of the centers’ technical assistance activities and services; the relationship of the centers’ activities to systems change and capacity building in State and tribal child welfare systems; the associated costs of services; and the integration and cohesion of the TA Network. Ms. DeWolfe also is a Site Liaison for the Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsored Implementation, Cost, and Outcome Evaluation of a Two-Generation Strategy to provide simultaneous, integrated high-quality early childhood education to children and family economic supports and capacity building services to caregivers in four local programs in geographically diverse areas. The evaluation includes in-depth case studies documenting the implementation and integration of services over 4 years, the costs of services and the revenues streams used to support programming, and a descriptive outcome evaluation.

  
Senior Research Associate

Melanie Estarziau (M.P.H. in Epidemiology, Loma Linda University) joined JBA in 2012. Ms. Estarziau has over 13 years of experience in applied social, public health, and health services research, primarily in the areas of home visiting, maternal and child health, and early childhood education. Currently, Ms. Estarziau is Co-Project Director, overseeing the day-to-day operations, for the  Family-Level Assessment and State of Home Visiting project. In addition, she is Data Coordinator for the  Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood ​Home Visiting Evaluation project. She has also worked as an evaluation technical assistance liaison for that project. For the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation and the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Evaluation - Strong Start projects. Prior to joining JBA, she helped develop the Statewide Needs Assessment, MIS, benchmark plan, and data collection tools for the California Home Visiting Program. She also served as the Project Manager in San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties where she worked with the First 5 Commissions to evaluate various initiatives to improve early childhood outcomes.  ​

  
Senior Research Associate

​Anne Fromknecht (M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh) has over 8 years of experience in applied social science, evaluation, and technical assistance (TA). At JBA, Ms. Fromknecht works on the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E​ Waiver Demonstrations and the Technical ​​Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs projects. She provides evaluation TA to jurisdictions implementing waiver demonstrations and to the Children’s Bureau (CB) grantees that are working to address trafficking within the child welfare population. Ms. Fromknecht also works on the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative ​and the ​Evaluation of the Title1, Part D Neglected or Delinquent Programs. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Fromknecht directed the evaluation of the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, a national training and technical assistance center funded by the CB. Her technical skills include project management, evaluation design, developing logic models, designing and administering data collection tools including surveys and interview guides, analyzing qualitative data, and disseminating results.

  
Senior Research Associate

​Stephen Gardner (​Ph.D. in Social Work, The Catholic University of America) has 40 years of experience with program development, program evaluation, programmatic and evaluation technical assistance, management, and supervision. His work has focused primarily on programs addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health promotion and treatment, and child welfare, with special focus on the identification and dissemination of evidence-based programs and practices. He brings to JBA his skills in evaluation methodology, statistics, behavioral health, management, and supervision. Currently at JBA, Dr. Gardner is the Evaluation Technical Assistance Liaison for the project Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs and the Program Review Manager for the Research-t​ested Intervention Programs  funded by the National Cancer Institute. He also provided technical direction peer-based reviews and the development of written products for the Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices  project. Prior to coming to JBA, he was a Program Review/Technical Manager for the MANILA Consulting Group.

  
Senior Research Associate

Erin Geary (Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Utah and M.S.W., University of Minnesota Duluth) joined JBA in 2013. Dr. Geary has 10 years of experience in program evaluation, project management, and technical assistance. His work has focused on assisting public, non-profit, and tribal programs and addressing the health and well-being needs of American Indian children. Dr. Geary has provided content expertise on Indian child welfare to Federal Health and Human Services leadership and worked closely with tribal nations and national organizations to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, evaluate programs, and build workforce capacity. Currently, Dr. Geary is providing technical assistance for Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting grantees through the JBA Tribal ​Evaluation Institute project. He is also currently the TEI-MUSE Liaison for the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE)  and project consultant for the Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare project, both funded by Administration for Children and Families​​. Prior to joining JBA, he was on detail from Casey Family Programs as a Senior Fellow working with the Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families in Washington, D.C. His skills include designing and implementing community-based program evaluation efforts, providing technical assistance on the research design process, and developing training curricula.​

  
Senior Research Associate

Erin Ingoldsby (Ph.D. in Clinical/Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh) has over 20 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, and evaluation technical assistance in diverse content areas including child welfare, early childhood, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and social systems reforms. Currently for JBA, Dr. Ingoldsby is the Project Director for the Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare and serves as a Team Lead for the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative  and an Evaluation Liaison for the Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs. She brings to JBA technical expertise in research design and methods, measurement development, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and implementation science. Her research has included several multi-site, multi-state studies examining the implementation and effectiveness of innovations to promote children’s mental health in child welfare and juvenile justice settings, and preventive interventions for child and adolescent conduct problems. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Ingoldsby served as Lead Evaluator of State, county, and community-based projects in Colorado, including a statewide initiative to improve family-centered service models and outcomes for children and families involved in foster care and other social service systems. In addition, she is a licensed child clinical psychologist.

  
Senior Research Associate

Kim Keating (M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development, George Mason University) has 23 years of experience in social science and evaluation research with emphasis on child welfare initiatives, early childhood experience, infant-toddler mental health, trauma, and the socio-emotional well-being of young children. Ms. Keating is a Senior Research Associate and Technical Assistance (TA) Liaison with extensive experience working with diverse project staff members and clients, including tribal and migrant/seasonal farm workers. She is currently a Task Leader for the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-Child Welfare Coordination Data Capacity Building project and was the Lead Site Liaison to selected American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes for the Study of Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families​ and Child Welfare Services.​ Ms. Keating was also a member of the JBA study team conducting the Cross-Site Evaluation of the Family Connection Discretionary Grants​ and provided TA to the 2012 Family-finding/Family Group Decision-making grantees. She is a TA Liaison to the the 2016 Quality Improvement Center for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care, 2016 Foster/Adoptive Parent Preparation, Training and Development Initiative​ and 2013 Abandoned Infant Assistance grantees as part of the Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant ​Program project. She recently was the Project Manager for Children's Bureau 5-year Cross-Site Evaluation of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program. Key projects she has contributed to in the past include Adaptable Evaluation Training and Technical Assistance for Healthy Marriage, Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Tribal/TANF Child Welfare Grantees, and the Evaluation "Little Voices for Healthy Choices" Program for Head Start.​

  
Senior Research Associate

Colleen Killian (Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University of California, Riverside) joined JBA in 2015 and has over 22 years of experience in applied social science research, data analysis, program evaluation, and technical assistance. At JBA, Dr. Killian is a Senior Research Associate on the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E ​Waiver ​Demonstrations project where she provides evaluation and technical assistance to over 25 states, tribes, or jurisdictions that are implementing title IV-E waiver demonstrations. Dr. Killian brings to JBA experience in providing technical assistance (TA) to State human service agencies and Federal child welfare grantees and conducting evaluation work for substance abuse and child-welfare related projects; through this work she interprets research on effective interventions into programs and practices that improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Killian was a Lead Evaluator on projects for Children and Family Futures in Lake Forest, California. Her previous experiences primarily covered areas in child welfare services, child and adolescent development, substance abuse prevention and treatment, family and adult treatment drug courts, Veterans treatment courts, and other collaborative program models.​​​

  
Senior Research Associate

Steven Knickrehm (M.B.A., James Madison University and M.A. in Government & Politics, University of Maryland) has more than 30 years experience in managing complex higher education and research organizations in a wide variety of positions. Currently for JBA, Mr. Knickrehm is working as Project Director for the Community Capacity to Support Accreditation and Health Improvement Education project and as team member on the Implementation, Cost,​ and Outcome Evaluation of a Two-Generation Strategy project for the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Evaluation Technical ​Assistance for the Title ​IV-E Waiver Demonstrations project for the Children's Bureau. Previously, Mr. Knickrehm directed or co-directed two projects for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Evaluating ​the Knowledge and Educational Needs of Students of Health Professions on Patient Centered Outcomes Research and Evaluation of Efforts to Implement and Spread Comparative Effectiveness Review Findings​​​ that laid the ground work for the development of an agency-wide approach to conflict of interest. He recently directed three public health projects for the Kansas Health Foundation: Immunize ​Kansas Kids, Evaluation of Safety Net Clinics Adoption of the Patient Centered Medical Home Model, and Evaluation of Funding Efforts to Engage County Commissioners to Improve Public Health. Mr. Knickrehm also co-directed the Analysis of Data Management System Requirements project for the American Battle Monuments Commission to upgrade the commission's data management systems. Prior to joining JBA in 2008, Mr. Knickrehm held both director and assistant vice president positions at James Madison University and taught a variety of courses over a period of 36 years at James Madison University and the University of Maryland. 

  
Senior Research Associate

​Julie Leis (Ph.D. in Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) is a social scientist with over 13 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child development. At JBA, she works in the Child and Family Practice area and currently serves as a TA Liaison for Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visit​ing Evaluation project and as a Research Analyst on the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE), the MIHOPE-Strong Start​ project, the Healthy Steps Implementation Outcome Study, ​and the Developing Standardized Cost Metrics across Evidence-Based Home Visiting Program Models project. Dr. Leis brings to JBA technical expertise in program evaluation, research design and measurement, data collection and analysis, and training and technical assistance in evaluation. Prior to joining JBA, she was a Society for Research in Child Development Fellow at the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families. As a fellow, her work focused on family strengthening and early childhood health and development, and she provided leadership and oversight on projects related to healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, home visiting, Head Start, and Early Head Start.

  
Senior Research Associate

​​Allison Meisch (Ph.D. in Human Development, University of Maryland) is a developmental psychologist with over 15 years of quantitative and qualitative methods and experience in program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance (TA). At JBA, she serves as the Deputy Project Director for the National ​​Home Visiting Resource Center​ ​project and the Dissemination Coordinator for the second Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation ​project, and was the TA Liaison for the first project, providing individualized and universal TA to MIECHV grantees. Dr. Meisch is the Project Director of the Expanding the Evidence: Building Evaluation Capacity project providing TA and evaluation capacity building to Annie E. Casey Foundation Race, Equity, and Inclusion grantees. On the multi-site Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation​ project, Dr. Meisch developed and conducted a rigorous outcome evaluation of a site foster care intervention designed to reduce length of stay in foster care. As Co-Principal Investigator of the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Grant Program, she designed and manages an evaluation of the quality of child care and afterschool programs who are undertaking a facility improvement project. Her work includes designing and conducting rigorous evaluations and applied research in home visiting programs, early care and education settings, and foster care systems. She also has expertise in dissemination of outcome evaluation processes and findings.

  
Senior Research Associate

​Heidi Melz (Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, University of Texas at Austin and M.S. in Demography from The Pennsylvania State University) has 14 years of research experience focusing on interventions that address child welfare and family structure, functioning, and well-being. Dr. Melz works in the child welfare practice arena at JBA on the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborativea 5-year evaluation that studies the effectiveness of training and technical assistance in building capacities in child welfare organizations and strengthening the services provided for children, youth, and families project, and on Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programsfor which she provides evaluation technical assistance to Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Discretionary Grantees working in the areas of child trauma and services to older youth in foster care.Dr. Melz also leads a cross-site implementation evaluation of the Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation​a 5-year project to support the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to improve outcomes among children in foster care with the most serious barriers to permanency. Dr. Melz’s technical expertise includes evaluation design, survey development, focus group and interview data collection and content analysis, and quantitative data analysis with expertise in survival analysis techniques. Her areas of program and policy expertise include foster care, welfare policy, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and healthy marriage interventions.

  
Senior Research Associate

Nicole Miller (M.S.W., Simmons College) has 17 years of experience in child and family services, focused primarily on child welfare and protection and child and adolescent mental health. Her skills include project management, evaluation technical assistance (TA), training, theory of change development, conducting interviews and focus groups, training, and data collection and analysis. Ms. Miller currently serves as Deputy Project Director for the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E​ Waiver Demonstrations project and provides evaluation TA and support to title IV-E agencies implementing waiver demonstrations designed to improve outcomes for children and families. Previously, Ms. Miller served as a Research Analyst for the Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome Study and as an Evaluation Liaison for states implementing evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs for the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation. In addition to her evaluation and TA experience, Ms. Miller has clinical social work experience providing counseling to women with high-risk pregnancies and children and youth with mental health needs.

  
Senior Research Associate

​Julie Morales (Ph.D. in Child Psychology with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota) joined JBA in 2011 and has over 17 years in applied social science research, program evaluation, and research design and statistical methods. Her areas of expertise include the design and implementation of human services program evaluations including State and tribal child welfare system change and services integration projects and programmatic and evaluation technical assistance. At JBA, Dr. Morales has worked in support of JBA’s home visiting projects. She is an evaluation Technical Assistant Liaison for the ACF funded Tribal ​Evaluation Institute and for the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation. Dr. Morales provides assistance to state and tribal home visiting grantees on measuring maternal and child health performance indicators, conducting rigorous program evaluations, and developing continuous quality improvement processes. Dr. Morales also serves as Lead Liaison to the Study of Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families​ and Child Welfare Services Grants, being responsible for primary data collection on a study of tribal grantee’s program implementation to document effective approaches and strategies for tribal TANF and child welfare services integration. 

  
Senior Research Associate

Chi Connie Park (Ph.D. in Community Psychology and M.A. in Psychology, Wichita State University) joined JBA in 2009 and has over 12 years of experience in applied social science research design; program evaluation; and capacity building in areas of child welfare, mental health, community and organizational development, and program evaluation. At JBA, Dr. Park conducts evaluation activities on the following projects: Evaluation of Capacity Building Collaborative​ and Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation​. She has also worked on Cross-Site Evaluation of the Family Connection Discretionary Grants​, Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services Grants, Approach to Develop an Evaluation Plan for the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Consultation and Support Program, Adaptable Evaluation Training and Technical Assistance for Healthy Marriage, Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Tribal/TANF Child Welfare Grantees and Cross-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers. Dr. Park's responsibilities on these projects have included providing TA in the areas of cost analysis, social network analysis, qualitative and multivariate data analysis, evaluation design, measuring outcomes, and evaluation reporting.

  
Senior Research Associate

Matthew Poes (M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University) has 10 years of experience with child development interventions and research design. Currently he is a Research Associate working on the Tribal Evaluation Institute  project as part of a specialized technical assistance group seeking to provide in depth TA of tribal grantee data systems. He is also a Team Lead on National Home Visiting ​Resource Center  ​and on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation ​ (DOHVE) projects. As part of the DOHVE team, Mr. Poes has provided in person and remote trainings in CQI for home visiting, in addition to developing a train-the-trainer tool for CQI capacity building. He managed the Fussy Baby Fidelity Study​,  and a project seeking to develop a comprehensive conceptualization of home visiting that will be utilized in the development of a quality observation assessment tool for home visits. His work has focused primarily on programs addressing poverty and risk related developmental problems and meeting high standards in research design. Mr. Poes has contributed to the field of home visiting research and evaluation, education reform, and early childhood policy. ​

  
Senior Research Associate

Nivedita Ranade (Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut and M.S. in Human Development, University of Mumbai) joined JBA in 2016 and has over 6 years of professional experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Currently as a Senior Research Associate in the Child and Family Development practice area​, Dr. Ranade works on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation, where she provides support to federal home visiting programs in the areas of evaluation, performance monitoring, continuous quality improvement, and data systems. She also participates in research and evaluation activities for the Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Capital Grant Program funded by the Children's Investment Fund of Massachusetts and​ the Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome Study​. Dr. Ranade brings to JBA a strong background in qualitative research methods, and child and family development in cultural contexts. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Ranade worked as the lead evaluator/co-evaluator on several K-16 public education programs in Georgia and South Carolina. She has also worked as a Child Development Specialist in a non-profit organization in Mumbai, India where she was involved in improving outcomes for children by conducting clinical work and designing prevention and intervention programs to promote child/family welfare and mental health.

  
Senior Research Associate

Tammy Richards (M.Ed. in Psychology, Antioch University New England) has 15 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. Ms. Richard’s recent work at JBA consists of providing evaluation technical assistance (TA) to state and tribal child welfare agencies on the Technical ​Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs. She also contributes to evaluation design and instrumentation on the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative ​and is the Information Review Team Lead on the Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare project. Her​ past work includes conducting program evaluations of child and family service systems, including dependency court improvement projects, mental health services, substance abuse programs, home visiting, early care and education, and domestic violence initiatives as a Research Associate and Analyst for the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.  Her background also includes providing direct services, counseling adolescents in residential treatment and dually diagnose adults, and working as a domestic violence advocate.

  
Senior Research Associate

Erica Blue Roberts (Ph.D. in Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland and M.H.S., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) has 8 years of experience in program evaluation and analysis, applied social science research, and technical assistance (TA). She has extensive experience working with the Native American population in  public health, evaluation and participatory research projects. Currently at JBA, Dr. Roberts is the Assistant Project Director for the Evaluation of the Montana American Indian Tobacco Use Prevention Program,  a Capacity Building Specialist through the​ Tribal Evaluation Institute (TEI) for the Tribal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) program, and a TEI-MUSE Liaison for the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting. Dr. Roberts brings to JBA work experiences in completing literature reviews; using electronic data bases to find and compile information; contributing to the design of survey instruments; compiling, coding, and analyzing qualitative data; designing, writing and implementing evaluation plans, research studies, and manuscript; mentoring; conducting site visits; and providing TA​. Prior to coming to JBA, Dr. Roberts was a Research Analyst for the National Cancer Institute through the American Evaluation Associations Graduate Education Diversity Internship program. 

  
Senior Research Associate

​Lance Till (M.S. in Health Communications, The University of Iowa) joined JBA in 2011 and has over 10 years of experience working in evaluation, program planning, and managing early childhood systems of care. Currently at JBA, he is a member of the teams working on home visiting projects: ​Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood ​Home Visiting Evaluation; Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome StudyMother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation; Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation - Strong Start; and Development of Home Visiting Reporting Guidelines. Prior to his work at JBA, Mr. Till managed the Palm Beach County Healthy Beginnings system and conducted research and evaluation on several projects in the State of Florida involving child and family development: Early Childhood Wellness, Parenting Smart Babies, and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. Mr. Till’s areas of expertise are in logic modeling, performance measurement, evaluation technical assistance, and working with evidence-based home visiting programs.  

  
Senior Research Associate

​Mariel Sparr (Ph.D. in Child Development, Erikson Institute/Loyola University and M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska) has over 9 years of experience in program evaluation, applied research, and research methodology. Currently at JBA, Dr. Sparr is assisting with three home visiting projects under different capacities: Home Visiting Quality Measurement Specialist for the  Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE) Project; TA Coordinator for Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood ​Home Visiting Evaluations​ (DOHVE); and Task Lead  on  the ​National Home Visiting​ Resource Center. ​She was​​​ a member of the Data Analysis and Report Development Group to the DOHVE - Report to Congress.​ The technical skills  and training Dr. Sparr brings to JBA include research methodology (quantitative and qualitative), measurement, evaluation, statistics, and data management. Her areas of expertise include prevention programs, early childhood education, child development, educational psychology, and family risk and adversity -- with an emphasis​ in evaluating home visiting programs and interventions for children ages 0-5. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Sparr was a research associate at the Erikson Institute. 

  
Senior Research Methodologist

Charlie Ferguson (Ph.D. and M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley and Ed.M.​​, Harvard University) joined JBA in 2013 and has over 21 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, research design, and quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. He is the Director of Evaluation for the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations project, providing methodological and statistical technical assistance (TA) and support to over 30 title IV-E agencies (including state and tribal child welfare departments and the District of Columbia) implementing waiver demonstration projects. He  directs the multi-method national study of waiver jurisdictions and oversees the pilot testing of cost study took kit modules being developed by JBA. Dr. Ferguson is Senior Methodologist on the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative  project and the Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare project. He is also a Project Consultant to theTechnical Assistance on Evaluation to Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grantees project. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Ferguson held research and evaluation positions at San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has directed evaluations in the areas of child welfare, juvenile probation, mental health, and education. He has also been a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University in social welfare policy and research. ​

  
Senior Communications Associate

​​​​Joelle Ruben (M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania) has 11 years of experience working on child and family issues in a variety of communications, policy, advocacy, and direct service roles. She brings to JBA skills and expertise in creating and executing communications strategies for a variety of audiences, forming strategic partnerships, writing, and editing. Currently, she is working to disseminate information collected by the National Home Visiting ​Resource ​Center. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Ruben was a managing editor at JBS International, where she successfully led content creation for a national clearinghouse for family and youth workers. Her areas of expertise include youth homelessness and child welfare​.

  
Expert Consultant

Anna Hodgson (M.A. in Sociology, The Catholic University of America) has over 20 years of experience supporting Federal government contracts, including development of evidence-based registries, website design and content development, technical assistance and training, evaluations, publications management, and other support services. Ms. Hodgson was previoiusly Project Director for the Research-     t​​ested Intervention Programs (RTIPs) contract. Continuing her 10 years of support of this contract, Ms. Hodgson is responsible for managing the review of evidence-based programs, recruiting and training subject matter experts, writing reports, and ensuring quality control of contract deliverables. In addition, Ms. Hodgson also worked on two of JBA's projects with Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Evaluation of Efforts to Implement and Spread Comparative Effectiveness Review and the Longitudinal Evaluation of the Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform Demonstration Program, conducting site visits, collecting data, and preparing reports. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Hodgson managed the SAMHSA-funded National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices contract and also served as an Institutional Review Board member.  

  
Research Analyst

Yuan Wang (M.S. in Statistics, George Washington University) has over 9 years of experience in applied statistical research, data analysis, data mining, qualitative research, and cost analysis. She is proficient in using Excel, SPSS, SAS, and SQL for quantitative analysis, database management, and statistical modeling. At JBA, Ms. Wang serves as a Data Analyst for case cost studies and cross-site evaluation of the ​​Permanency Innovations Initiative Evaluation​ and the Annie E. Casey ​Implementation, Cost, and Outcome Evaluation of a Two Generation Strategy projects. Currently, she is a Research Analyst of two evidence-based home visiting programs: Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation project and Mother and Infant Home Visiting Evaluation - Strong Start. Ms. Wang has also worked on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation​​ project. She provides technical assistance in designing, creating, and conducting data management for service delivery logs and implementation system activities. Ms. Wang brings to JBA skills in developing data research protocols, program data comparisons, and data transformation with SAS for cross-site cost analysis and summary reports. Ms. Wang also worked as a Research and Policy Associate for the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, D.C.​​

  
Research Analyst

​Ziyun Wang (M.S. in Statistics, University of Virginia) has expertise in applied statistical research, data analysis and mining, qualitative research, and cost analysis. She also has solid knowledge and skills in statistical modeling and machine learning, with extensive experience in working with data from health and human services area. Ms. Wang joined JBA in 2016 and is working as a Research Analyst for two Administration for Children and Families projects,  Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) ​ and Mother and Infant Home Visiting Evaluation - Strong Start. She also provices services for Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome ​Study and the National Home Visiting Resource Center. ​She provides technical assistance in designing and conducting data management for service delivery logs and implementation system activities. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Wang worked on a variety of projects as a graudate student for the University of Virginia.

  
Research Associate

Tess Abrahamson-Richards (M.P.H. in Health Services - Maternal and Child Health, University of Washington) is a member of the Spokane Tribe in Washington state. She has over 6 years of experience in early childhood education and public health. At JBA, Ms. Abrahamson-Richards is the Project Coordinator for the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting Project where she will be examining the relationship between cultural and contextual aspects of tribal home visiting and service quality and outcomes. She brings to JBA extensive experience working with tribal communities and the organizations serving them. Her areas of expertise include project management, community engagement and outreach, research methodology, working with urban and rural American Indian/Alaska Native communities, community-based participatory research, and research approval processes. Prior to joining JBA, Tess worked at the University of Washington, where she served as a coordin​​​​ator for research studies partnering with tribal communities throughout the country.​


  
Research Associate

​Brandie Buckless (M.P.H. in Community Health Promotion, Health Disparities Concentration, University of Minnesota) is Bitterroot Salish from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Montana. ​​Currently at JBA, Ms. Buckless has joined the Tribal ​Evaluation Instituteproviding evaluation technical assistance (TA) for Tribal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) grantees. TA for TMIECHV grantees includes support for tracking and reporting on benchmarks, building continuous quality improvement processes and conducting rigorous evaluation projects. Ms Bucklass is also a Project Coordinator for the Evaluation of the Montana American Indian Tobacco Use Prevention Program​​, an Evaluation Technical Assistance Provider for Minnesota Child Welfare Disparities Grantees, and is the TEI-MUSE Liaison for the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE).​ Ms. Buckless has 7 years of experience in community-based participatory research, evaluation, and program development and implementation specifically targeted for American Indian communities. Prior to joining JBA, her work focused on partnering with tribes and tribal programs to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based cancer control initiatives. In addition, Ms. Buckless has worked directly with tribal, Indian Health Service, and urban health clinics by coordinating systems change projects and facilitating community-clinical linkages to improve healthcare delivery.  

  
Research Associate

​Patrice Cachat (M.S.W., Boston University) has over 15 years of experience in child and family services with extensive knowledge in child welfare and protection and child and adolescent mental health. At JBA she has been Site Liaison for home visiting projects: Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program​​​ and Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program - Strong Start​. In this capacity, she has participated in site recruitment and works with State and local implementing agencies to monitor implementation of research activities. She is also coding qualitative surveys on the Fussy Baby Fidelity Study​ implementation and fide​lity study.​​ Ms. Cachat has conducted qualitative interviews for the Implementation Evaluation of Palm Beach County's Nurse Family Partnership Program and abstracted data from published documents for two meta-analyses: Meta-Analytic Review of Components Associated with Home Visiting Programs  and Parent Training Meta-Analysis Update and Extension. Ms. Cachat also has direct experience providing assessment, clinical and crisis intervention services to families and adolescents; developing and managing a network of community providers; and contract management. Prior to accepting a position with JBA, she was Director for The Home For Little Wanderers Commonworks Program in Boston, MA.

  
Research Associate

Mallory Quigley Clark (M.P.H. in Social, Behavioral, and Community Health, Indiana University) has 6 years of experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has worked on numerous projects in the areas of home visiting, prenatal substance use prevention, and breastfeeding promotion. Currently she is a Research Associate  on the ​National Home Visiting ​Resource Center and Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome Study projects. She is also providing technical assistance on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation project. Ms. Quigley’s work focused primarily on programs addressing home visiting and maternal and infant health. Prior to joining JBA, she worked on a variety of programs as manager, director, and coordinator for the Indiana State Department of Health and at the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office analyzing data and implementing national quality improvement efforts.

  
Research Associate

Jasmine Douglas (Ph.D. in Psychology, Wichita State University and M.A. in Psychology, Wichita State University and M.A. in Counseling, Midwestern State University) has experience in program evaluation, management and development, prevention and intervention research, statistical methods, community based participatory research, empowerment, organizational development, leadership, policy, and consultation. Currently at JBA, Dr. Douglas is Associate Project Director on the National Cancer Institute project, Research-tested Intervention Programs. Dr. Douglas brings to JBA research skills in the areas of evaluation, survey design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, literature review, and project management. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Douglas worked as a consultant in both New Jersey and Florida. Previously her work has focused in the areas of tobacco control and prevention and community based research and action for sexual assault prevention by applying scientific methods to implement evidenced-based research programs.

  
Research Associate

​Alexandra Joraanstad (M.S. in Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) has over 5 years of experience in child health and development research, with a specific focus on program evaluation. Ms. Joraanstad’s work has primarily focused on implementation and outcome evaluations of evidence-based home visiting programs aimed at improving child and fami​ly health and development. Ms. Joraanstad’s current work at JBA has been on the home visiting projects: Family-Level Assessment and State of Home VisitingMother Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation - Strong Start​ and the National Home Visiting Resource Center. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Joraanstad worked on a state-level evaluation of evidence-based home visiting programs, focusing on implementation systems and program fidelity. Ms. Joraanstad’s research skills include quantitative data analysis using SPSS and STATA software, meta-analysis, literature review, and survey development.

  
Research Associate

Kirsten Keene (M.A. in Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland) has over 7 years of experience in applied social science research and program evaluation. Ms. Keene’s research skills include qualitative research methods, data analysis using ATLAS.ti and SPSS software, literature reviews, and interview and survey design. Currently at JBA she is part of the teams working Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-Child Welfare Coordination Data Capacity Building,Evaluation of the Title I, Part D Neglected or Delinquent Programs, Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations,  and the Evaluation of the Capacity Building CollaborativeShe also worked on ​​Study ​of Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Welfare Services​Cross​-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers and Cross-S​ite Evaluation of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training ProgramHer responsibilities on these projects have included supporting data collection through interviews and observations, coding and analysis of qualitative data, providing evaluation technical assistance, conducting literature reviews, and report writing. Prior to joining JBA in 2012, Ms. Keene’s experience includes providing programmatic, research, and evaluation support to projects focused on HIV/AIDS, community-health outreach and education, and art.​

  
Research Associate

​Kathy Kopiec (M.S.W. at Smith College for Social Work​ and M.A. in Sociology, University of New Hampshire) has 15 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science research with substantive knowledge in mental health services, child welfare, and child protection. She joined JBA in 2013 and is currently working as a Research Associate, providing evaluation technical assistance to Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E​ Waiver Demonstrations. Her work has focused primarily on programs related to child welfare services, child and adolescent development, comprehensive community-based initiatives and interagency collaboration, and exposure to violence. Prior to accepting her position at JBA, Ms. Kopiec held Research Associate positions at both MANILA Consulting and ICF International. In addition, Ms. Kopiec has direct experience providing mental health services to women, children, and adolescents.

  
Research Associate

Kassie Mae Miller (M.P.H., University of South Carolina) has over 7 years of experience with program evaluation and applied research addressing maternal and child health, early childhood education, graphic design, and data visualization. Currently as a Research Associate in the Child and Family Development practice area at JBA, she supports the delivery of technical assistance, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and dissemination of products for the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation​; Family-Level Assessment and State of Home Visiting; Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome Study​​ the National ​Home Visiting Resource Center, and Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation​ ​projects. ​Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Miller worked for the Office of Program Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina where she managed all aspects of evaluations addressing educational issues from early childhood through university level, including data collection, analysis, technical writing, and data presentation.

  
Research Associate

​Erin Morehouse (M.A. in Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health) has over 6 years of experience in research, technical assistance and training, development of training materials, program evaluation, database and data systems development and management, data analysis, reporting, and ensuring quality control of contract deliverables. Currently in the Child Welfare practice area at JBA,​ she assists with organizing focus groups and analyzing and reporting ​data​ on the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative  project. Ms. Morehouse also assists on the Evaluation Technical Assistance for Title IV-E ​Waiver Demonstrations Evaluation of the ESSA, Part D Neglected or Delinquent Programs; Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare;  and Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Grant Program preparing semi-annual report summaries. Prior to joining JBA, Ms. Morehouse worked as a Program Officer for the USAID-funded Grant Management Solutions project and received training to be a trainer by Pact International. She also brings to JBA skills in utilizing SAP dashboards as eLearning tools.   

  
Research Associate

​Colleen Morrison (Ph.D. in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland) has over 5 years of experience in program evaluation and applied developmental research. Her work focuses on children and families at environmental risk. Her areas of expertise include early childhood education and maternal and child health. Currently at JBA, Dr. Morrison is a Research Associate on the national Zero to Three Healthy Steps Implementation and Outcome Study Her responsibilities include coding and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, conducting literature reviews, and report writing. She is also providing technical assistance on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation project. Prior to joining JBA, Dr. Morrison was a Research Associate at the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention at the University of Maryland, College Park.

  
Research Associate

​Kerry Ryan (M.A. in Psychology, New York University) has been with JBA since 2011. Kerry Ryan has 5 years of experience in child development and child welfare research, with a specific focus on the evaluation of dissemination/implementation efforts for child maltreatment prevention programs. At JBA she has been the Site Liaison for three home visiting projects: Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood ​Home Visiting Evaluation​, Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluationand Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation - Strong Start. Her skills include evaluation technical assistance, training observational coders, data collection methods and management, and conducting literature reviews. Prior to working for JBA, Ms. Ryan had research positions at Georgia State University and New York University.

  
Research Associate

Melina Salvador (M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico) has more than 10 years of experience planning, implementing, and researching/evaluating mental health, substance abuse, and early childhood programs. Ms. Salvador specializes in qualitative methodology and community engagement in research and has worked most predominantly with Latino and American Indian communities. She has joined the JBA Tribal ​Evaluation Institute project. In her position as Capacity Building Specialist, she provides technical assistance to tribes and tribal organizations funded through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program with planning, implementation, and evaluation of home visiting programs and specifically in the use of data for continuous quality improvement, benchmark tracking, and rigorous evaluations. Ms. Salvador also works on the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting Project as a Qualitative Methods Specialist.​ Prior to joining JBA, she has focused on supporting the use and evaluation of evidence based programs for children and families experiencing disparities throughout New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area.

  
Research Associate

Amanda Thomson (M.P.P. in Public Policy Methodologies, George Mason University) has over 9 years of experience in social science research. Currently she provides assistance for projects in the JBA child welfare practice area. For the Expanding the Evidence: Building Evaluation Capacity project,​ she provides technical assistance to a cohort of four Annie E. Casey Foundation Expanding the Evidence Fellows guided by the Permanency Innovations Initiative Approach. For the Evaluation of the Capacity Building Collaborative and the Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs, Ms. Thompson is a Research Associate and provides technical assistance with activities such as interview data collection, data analysis, report writing, etc.​ She also was a Site Liaison Assistant on another Anne E. Casey project, Implementation, Cost, and Outcome Evaluation of a Two-Generation Strategy. Prior to joining JBA, her previous work focused primarily on performance management including logic model development, the selection of performance measures, and governance structures. Ms. Thomson is skilled in SPSS, GIS, ATLAS.ti, survey development, and qualitative research.      

  
Research Assistant

Minh Ha (B.S. in Kinesiology, University of Maryland) has over 5 years of experience in research, collecting and analyzing data, producing data visualizations, working with databases/data sets, and quality control. Currently at JBA, he composes monthly reports for the Tribal ​Evaluation Institute and works with the cost study team to help with managing databases, provide quality control, assist in analyzing cost data for multiple sites, and create data visualizations for the Permanency Innovations Initiative reports. Additionally, for the Implementation, Cost, and Outcome Evaluation of a Two-Generation Strategy project, he designed and disseminated web-based surveys and managed data for over 200 survey participants. Prior to joining JBA, Mr. Ha held a position as a teaching assistant at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, where he honed some skills that he would later take to JBA, which include data collection, data analysis, and technical writing.​

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