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Leadership Team

Anne Duggan, ScD

Anne Duggan, ScDDIRECTOR

Anne Duggan, ScD, is HARC’s founding director. She is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has a background in health policy and management. Since 1992, her research has aimed to strengthen the impact of home visiting and the larger system of early childhood care on healthy family functioning, parenting, and child health and development in at-risk families. Much of her current work is related to the Federal Home Visiting Program. She is co-principal investigator of the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE), the national evaluation of the MIECHV Program, and of HARC’s work to assess the quality of home visitor-family communication in visits. She leads statewide evaluative research on home visiting and the system of early childhood care for Maryland and New Jersey. The research in these states is diverse, involving the use of both primary and administrative methods and now, through these two states’ recent MIECHV Innovations award, it serves as a prototype for innovative methods to achieve precision home visiting.

Jon Korfmacher, PhD

Jon Korfmacher, PhDChair of HARC’s Practice-Based Research Network

Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D., is chair of HARC’s Practice-Based Research Network and an associate professor at Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development in Chicago. For over 20 years, his research has examined the implementation and outcome of early childhood interventions, parent engagement in early childhood services, and quality assessment, with a special focus on workforce training and development. He has worked on numerous research trials focused on home visiting programs, including Nurse Family Partnership and Early Head Start, as well as other early childhood interventions. He currently oversees the Illinois Birth To Three Prevention Initiative Monitoring Project, examining program quality for birth services funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. Dr. Korfmacher also consults nationally and internationally on early childhood home visiting research and practice. He is a consultant and member of the Technical and Advisory Group for Home Visiting for the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

Jill Filene, MPH

Jill Filene, MPH

Jill Filene, MPH, is the executive vice president at James Bell Associates. Ms. Filene has 20 years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and technical assistance. She is experienced in designing, implementing, and managing research projects. Her research focuses on home visiting, child welfare, child development, prevention services, and implementation. Ms. Filene directs several home visiting projects, including the National Home Visiting Resource Center, Family Level State of Home Visiting Assessment, and the Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation Technical Assistance Project, and is part of the management team on the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) and MIHOPE-Strong Start studies.

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, is the William H. Gates, Sr. Professor and chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on enhancing the quality of preventive services for children and understanding the impact of systems reforms on the health and well-being of children and families. She directs the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center, leads the Strengthen the Evidence initiative, and co-leads, with Dr. Anne Duggan, an effort to develop a framework to promote coordination in the early childhood system.

MaryCatherine Arbour, MD, MPH

MaryCatherine Arbour, MD, MPH

MaryCatherine Arbour, MD, MPH, is an associate physician at the Division of Global Health Equity, a senior research associate at the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She implements and evaluates interdisciplinary interventions to promote child development globally, using a combination of experimental, ethnographic, and quality improvement methodologies. She is particularly interested in methods for adapting evidence-based practices across diverse contexts and populations, and in scale. Dr. Arbour’s expertise includes adapting continuous quality improvement methods to a diversity of disciplines and contexts to improve clinical, public health, and education outcomes. She has led quality improvement capacity-building efforts, and formal curriculum development and delivery with professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members.

Deborah Daro, PhD, MCP

Deborah Daro, PhD, MCP

Deborah Daro, PhD, MCP, is a senior research fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. She has over 40 years of experience in evaluating child abuse treatment and prevention programs. Dr. Daro’s work informs strategies that embed individualized, targeted prevention efforts within more universal efforts to alter normative standards and community context. Her research focuses on child welfare reform and public policy, developing universal systems of support for new parents, and creating community partnerships to protect children.

Lauren Supplee, PhD

Lauren Supplee, PhD

Lauren H. Supplee, PhD, is a senior program area director for early childhood research at Child Trends. Dr. Supplee has devoted her professional career to working on research and evaluation with the goal of applying her knowledge to policy and practice. She conducts research and evaluation that contributes to program improvement and improved outcomes for children and families. Her research focuses on evidence-based policy, social-emotional development in early childhood, parenting, prevention and intervention programs for children at-risk, and implementation.



Project Team

Grace Atukpawu-Tipton, MSW, PhD

Grace Atukpawu-Tipton, MSW, PhD

Grace Atukpawu-Tipton, MSW, PhD, is a senior research associate at James Bell Associates. She has more than 16 years of experience in applied research, program evaluation, and technical assistance in the areas of child welfare, home visiting, education, and psychology. Dr. Atukpawu-Tipton’s research focuses on two-generation approaches for supporting children and families, early childhood development, evidence-based programs, trauma-informed practice, and the transition of youth from foster care to adulthood. She holds a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Stanford University and a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kaylor Garcia, MSPH

Kaylor Garcia, MSPH

Kaylor Garcia, MSPH, is a communications manager at Child Trends and serves as the Child Trends communications lead for HARC. Her work includes offering guidance on and setting the direction of the dissemination of HARC products. Outside of HARC, Kaylor supports general communications throughout Child Trends as well as for clients including the Office of Adolescent Health under U.S. Department Health and Human Services and the National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments under the U.S. Department of Education. Kaylor holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Maggie Kane, MPP

Maggie Kane, MPP

Maggie Kane, MPP, is a senior research analyst at Child Trends and serves as the project director for the organization’s work on HARC. Outside of HARC, Maggie manages projects and conducts research focused on home visiting programs, home-based child care, Head Start systems, and the early care and education workforce. She has additional expertise in policy analysis, writing, and communicating research. Maggie holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Kay O’Neill, MSPH

Kay O’Neill, MSPH

Kay O’Neill, MSPH, is a research associate in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has six years of experience working with Dr. Anne Duggan in home visiting research. Kay currently serves as the coordinator of HARC, the Home Visiting Research and Development Platform. She has also coordinated several state evaluations and a randomized controlled trial of a brief parenting intervention in Georgia. Kay holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Matthew Poes, MS

Matthew Poes, MS

Matthew Poes, MS, is a senior research associate at James Bell Associates. Matt has more than 12 years of expertise in research design and child development interventions with an emphasis on home visiting, education, and early childhood program evaluation and evidence-based policy. He is part of the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) research and development team developing critical concepts of precision home visiting and innovative research design. Matt has been a liaison and evaluation and CQI expert for Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation project (DOHVE) and the Performance Measurement CQI Technical Assistance contract to the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). He has provided both individual and universal TA around evaluation, CQI, and performance measurement since 2013.

Joelle Ruben, MSW

Joelle Ruben, MSW

Joelle Ruben, MSW, is a senior communications associate at James Bell Associates. She co-leads HARC’s dissemination efforts, helping to ensure that products are simple to understand and reach their target audiences. Joelle has more than 12 years of experience working on child and family issues in a variety of communications, policy, advocacy, and direct service roles. Her content expertise includes home visiting, youth homelessness, and child welfare.

Stephen Russ, MDiv

Stephen Russ, MDiv

Stephen Russ, MDiv, is the digital media director at Child Trends and manages the HARC website. He has a successful track record of managing web properties at prominent research institutions, including the Population Reference Bureau and the Brookings Institution. At Child Trends, Stephen manages the website and communications newsletter, and actively contributes to strategic planning for the communications team. He also collaborates closely with researchers to help them maximize the reach and impact of their findings and data among key audiences.

Emily Sexton, MSc

Emily Sexton, MSc

Emily Sexton, MSc is a research assistant in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Emily helps coordinate HARC, the Home Visiting Research and Development Platform. She holds a Master of Science in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.

Thanharat Silamongkol (Poojah), BA

Thanharat Silamongkol (Poojah), BA

Thanharat Silamongkol (Poojah), BA, is a research assistant at Child Trends. She supports HARC’s work by assisting with presentations, publications, and website content. Beyond HARC, Poojah is part of multiple early childhood development projects evaluating family engagement measures and Quality Rating Improvement Systems. Poojah holds a Bachelor of Psychology with a concentration in community and global health from Macalester College. In her work, she aims to combine her passions for research, mental health, and youth. Her research interests include youth development, mental health, and working conditions of childcare employees.

April C. Wilson, PhD

April C. Wilson, PhD

April C. Wilson, PhD, is a senior research scientist at Child Trends and task lead for the HARC, the Home Visiting Research and Development Platform. April is a developmental researcher who focuses on identifying the antecedents of stable and healthy family relationships. She aims to improve outcomes for families by understanding the drivers of healthy relationships, using evaluation methods aimed at program improvement, and leading training and technical assistance efforts. April has been invited to present at federal and state agencies, research conferences, and practitioner and advocacy group convenings. She also has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions about linking research and data to practice and policies that affect children and families.

National Advisory Council

Lisa Abramson, MPH, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Laura Alfani, MPH, Washington Department of Early Learning

Claire Dunham, MSW, Ounce of Prevention

Beth Green, PhD, Portland State University

Brenda Jones-Harden, PhD, University of Maryland

Allison Kemner, MPH, Parents as Teachers

Lakota Kruse, MD, MPH, New Jersey Department of Health

Darcy Lowell, MD, Child First

Ron Seifer, PhD, Brown University

Laura Shoaf, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

Bill Thorland, PhD, Nurse Family Partnership

Leisa Harner, MS Economic Security Corporation, Missouri

HARC Council Members

Jon Korfmacher, PhD (Chair), Erikson University

Sally Baggett, (ex officio), EDC

Karen Carmody, PhD, Duke University Medical Center

Beth Green, PhD, Portland State University

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Laura Shoaf, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

Darius Tandon, PhD, Northwestern University

Marilyn Van Oostrum, RN, BSN, Yakima Nurse-Family Partnership