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.
Allison West, PhD, MSWAssociate Director
Allison West, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Dr. West is the Principal Investigator for the Maryland State Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Evaluation and co-investigator for the Research to Strengthen Home Visiting Impact on Parental Engagement in Children’s Education (Heising-Simons) project. She also contributes to HARC. Dr. West’s research interests focus on the health and wellbeing of expectant families and families with young children facing multiple, complex adversities. She has a particular interest in dual generation home-based service delivery strategies. Her work incorporates intervention and evaluation research methods to assess program fidelity, test effects of programs and program enhancements on outcomes, and deepen understanding of causal pathways. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and crosses multiple sectors within early childhood systems – health, education, and social services. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work and PhD in Public Health from the University of Maryland.
Jon Korfmacher, PhDChair of HARC’s Practice-Based Research Network
Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D., is chair of HARC’s Practice-Based Research Network and a Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at University of Chicago. For over 25 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 MIECHV Program Assessment Project. Dr. Korfmacher also consults nationally and internationally on early childhood home visiting research and practice. He is on the Board of Directors for Zero To Three.
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, 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 Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health in Education, Science and Practice at Johns Hopkins, serves as a Key Leader for Maryland’s Building Better Beginnings initiative, and co-led, 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, 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, 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.
Deana Around Him, DrPH, ScM
Deana Around Him, DrPH, ScM is a research scientist in the youth development program at Child Trends and member of the HARC Research and Development team. She aims to improve the well-being of children, youth, and their families through participatory research and evaluation approaches, in particular through work with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Dr. Around Him’s training focused on the social determinants and life course approaches to health, culturally responsive evaluation, research ethics, and maternal and child health. She also has experience working with AI/AN communities to develop interventions, build public health research and evaluation capacity, and strengthen tribal research oversight and ethics. She holds a Doctor of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master of Science in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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.
Porsche Boddicker-Young, PhD
Porsche Boddicker-Young, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Early Childhood Development department at Child Trends. Dr. Boddicker-Young is one of Child Trends’ experts on racial equity. She has received all of her degrees in higher education from Historically Black Universities, and as such, all of the work she does is guided by a racial equity lens. Her research interests include culturally responsive teaching and pedagogy from preschool through college, dismantling the preschool to prison pipeline by focusing on preschool suspension and expulsion and academic and opportunity gaps, and understanding the experiences of Black students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Currently at Child Trends, Dr. Boddicker-Young is the Co-Principle Investigator for the Montessori Policy Study, a study funded by the Brady Education Foundation, and is the Project Director for the Early Childhood Health Equity Landscape Project, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in partnership with the National Institute for Child Health Quality. She holds her doctoral and master’s degrees in developmental psychology from Howard University.
Ilana Huz, MA
Ilana Huz, MA, is a senior research analyst at Child Trends and a doctoral candidate in Human Development at the Catholic University of America. Ilana’s research focuses on healthy co-parenting and family relationships, parent and child mental health, and parenting education. She is particularly interested in precision research and how individual differences impact child, parent, and family outcomes following intervention.
Heather Hudspeth Johnson, MPH
Heather Hudspeth Johnson, MPH, is a research associate at James Bell Associates and a member of the HARC research and development team. She has more than 8 years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating maternal and child health programs. She has worked on numerous projects in the areas of home visiting and maternal and child health. She has expertise in program evaluation, data collection and analysis, and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). Johnson has extensive experience with the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). Prior to her current appointment as a performance measurement and CQI technical assistance specialist with the Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC), she worked as the home visiting data and implementation team lead and the director of CQI for the state of Alabama’s home visiting programs. She also spent three years as a home visitor and program supervisor in Birmingham, AL. She received an MPH in 2013 and is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy/Maternal and Child Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health.
Maggie Kane, MPP
Maggie Kane, MPP, is a research scientist at Child Trends and has been on the HARC team since 2017. Her work focuses on strengthening systems and programs that provide high-quality, comprehensive supports to children and their families during the early childhood years. Maggie has worked on federal, state, and local projects examining the implementation of Head Start/Early Head Start and home visiting, as well as understanding how to better scale and sustain programs across different types of settings. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.
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, 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, 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.
Kara Ulmen, MPH
Kara Ulmen is a senior research assistant at Child Trends. She provides project management support across HARC activities. Beyond HARC, Kara works on projects related to child care access and quality, prenatal-to-three work, and school-based health centers. She holds a masters in maternal and child health with a program evaluation minor from the University of Minnesota.
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
Allison Kemner, MPH, Parents as Teachers
Beth Green, PhD, Portland State University
Bill Thorland, PhD, Nurse Family Partnership
Brenda Jones-Harden, PhD, University of Maryland
Claire Dunham, MSW, Ounce of Prevention
Darcy Lowell, MD, Child First
Eric Bellamy, Children's Trust of South Carolina
Laura Alfani, MPH, Washington Department of Early Learning
Leisa Harner, MS Economic Security Corporation, Missouri
Lisa Abramson, MPH, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan
Ron Seifer, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
HARC Council Members
Jon Korfmacher, PhD (Chair), Erikson University
Sally Baggett, (ex officio), EDC
Beth Green, PhD, Portland State University
Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Darius Tandon, PhD, Northwestern University
Janet Horras, Iowa Department of Public Health
Karen Carmody, PhD, Duke University Medical Center
Laura Shoaf, MSW, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
Marilyn Van Oostrum, RN, BSN, Yakima Nurse-Family Partnership