THE 2013 EARLY CAREER HOME VISITING RESEARCH SCHOLARs
One of our strategies is to promote the professional development of the next generation of home visiting researchers. To that end, the Early Career Home Visiting Research Scholars participated in the Pew Charitable Trust’s Third National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting on February 13-15 2013.
We would like to congratulate our six scholars! These scholars received a day of research consultation after attending the 2013 National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs.
Erin Bumgarner, MA, PhD works as a project manager at the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation Project at Tufts University. She recently finished her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University, where she worked as a graduate research fellow at the National Center for Children and Families. She earned her M.A. at Boston College in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from American University in Washington D.C. Her research focuses on how policy and programs can be used to improve the long-term outcomes of low-income children. She is particularly interested in early interventions such as early childhood education and home visiting programs, and how they can best serve children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Renee Edwards, AM, PhD received her PhD in December, 2011, and is currently a Post-doctoral Scholar at The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Edwards is involved in a MIECHV funded RCT examining the impact of a paraprofessional doula enhancement to home visiting programs for pregnant and parenting adolescents in Illinois. She is interested in examining the effects of the doula home visiting intervention on parenting outcomes, the parent-child relationship, child development, and understanding how and why various program components and client characteristics are important to the success of intervention. She also teaches a course on family support principles and practices for social work students, and is involved in a smaller study examining the implementation of doula services into existing home visiting programs.
Neera Goyal, MD, MSc is a physician researcher with a primary focus in the effectiveness of community-based interventions to reduce the impact of preterm birth on infant health and development in at-risk populations. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, she trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods, health economics, research ethics, health policy, and community-based participatory research. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). As a clinician, she provides neonatal care for preterm and full term infants across multiple hospitals as part of CCHMC’s regional neonatal program. Since her arrival, she has successfully competed for two intramural grants to support research on prenatal home visiting and neonatal outcomes. Her current research goals include evaluating the role of home visiting in care coordination and secondary prevention for at-risk late preterm and moderate preterm infants.
Paul Lanier, MSW is a doctoral candidate at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research goals include the prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of child well-being among vulnerable populations. His work focuses on testing early childhood interventions that enhance healthy parent-child relationships and improving the availability of evidence-based service strategies. He received multidisciplinary training in services and prevention research as a National Institute of Mental Health pre-doctoral fellow and as a Brown Center for Violence and Injury Prevention PhD Scholar. His dissertation is supported by the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being.
Jonathan S Litt, MD, MPH is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. His research has focused on the long-term neurocognitive outcomes of infants born with low birth weight, particularly with respect to characterizing specific learning disabilities and cognitive deficits in this vulnerable population. He has also been interested in studying access to and effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving functional outcomes and academic achievement among children and adolescents with low birth weight. He is currently pursuing a ScD in Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard School of Public Health. His dissertation is titled, "Early Intervention Programs for Infants after NICU Discharge: Assessing Disparities in Access and Effectiveness." More generally, he is interested in better understanding the particular methodological challenges posed to studying the heterogeneous home-based programs provided under Part C of IDEA.
Allison West, MSW is a clinical social worker and full-time PhD student at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work. Following receipt of her MSW, she worked as a Social Worker at Kennedy Krieger High School and later as Director of Child Abuse Prevention at Catholic Charities of Baltimore. As a researcher, she is interested in implementation strategies aimed at engaging and serving parents with histories of complex trauma and/or attachment-related difficulties. She would like to examine ways in which home visiting services might be tailored, enhanced, and/or allocated to meet the needs of families with high levels of psychosocial risk, including ways in which training and supervision of home visitors can be designed to match the needs of high risk families. As a graduate student, she is currently working with a team on an Early Head Start-University Partnership grant conducting a randomized trial testing the effects of home-based Early Head Start with and without the supplemental attachment-based intervention, the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up Program (ABC).