The University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Center on Children, Families, and the Law (CCFL) invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor. The CCFL houses a variety of projects that use interdisciplinary, collaborative, and systemic approaches to improve outcomes for children and families, particularly those involved in the child welfare system. Current CCFL projects include the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC), the statewide child protection and safety new and ongoing caseworker training, the Community Services Division, the Children's Justice Clinic, the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD), Nebraska Answers 4 Families, and Nebraska Youth Advocates. The hired candidate for this position will lead CCFL evaluation activities primarily for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC) whose mission is to improve the well-being of maltreated young children through the provision of support, training, and resources to professionals working with young children. The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children The goal of the NRPVYC is to improve the outcomes of maltreated young children in Nebraska. The NRPVYC works both at a systems level in partnership with other Nebraska organizations and on a local case level with court teams, state agencies, local organizations, and local providers to address the needs of young children in the child welfare court system. Systemic work includes expanding and stabilizing early childhood mental health evidence-based practices for young children, supporting the expansion of problem-solving and therapeutic juvenile court processes especially those involving young children, and utilizing reflective practice for professionals. The evaluation of several NRPVYC programs will be the core responsibility of the selected candidate. These evaluation programs include:
Court Infusion Projects: Lancaster Family Drug Court, Douglas County therapeutic court, the Lancaster Domestic Violence Court Track, & the Furnas County Pilot project.
Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Training Programs: Child-Parent Psychotherapy & Parent-Child Interaction Therapy trainings, and an Early Childhood Mental Health Community of Practice.
The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice: Supervisor-consultant & practitioner FAN tool trainings and consultation services
More information on these projects as well as recent evaluation findings can be found on the NRPVYC website: www.nebraskababies.com
Position The selected candidate will work in a team-environment to lead program evaluation and analysis regarding the planning, development, and implementation of projects and will provide evaluation services as part of technical assistance projects. Evaluation services include the following:
Developing methodically rigorous and theoretically appropriate evaluation plans
Collecting and managing evaluation data across projects
Using appropriate and diverse statistical analyses apt to the unique samples provided
Writing technical and non-technical reports for interdisciplinary audiences (i.e., judges, attorneys, caseworkers, mental health professionals, and policymakers)
Managing ongoing data collection will be a core duty of the selected candidate. More specifically, the selected candidate should be prepared to manage multiple ongoing data collection projects simultaneously. Initiating new data collection projects is less frequent but is also an expected activity. Additionally, the selected candidate should be comfortable working with small to medium sample sizes (e.g., N = 20 to 300).
The selected candidate will take a lead role in building new program evaluation work and will assist in seeking new funding. Taking leadership in securing external funding for research within the scope of NRPVYC's aims is strongly encouraged.
The selected candidate will supervise the work of Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants working on the evaluation projects. Currently, the evaluation team includes three graduate research assistants and four undergraduate research assistants.
The selected candidate will be expected and encouraged to collaborate with university partners, particularly regarding the evolving ECMH front of NRPVYC.
The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with the NRPVYC project coordinator to understand the interwoven and changing aspects of NRPVYC programmatic work.
The selected candidate will be strongly encouraged to disseminate the findings of evaluation activities, including formal academic outlets (e.g., peer-reviewed scientific journals) as well as presentations and non-technical work.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Psychology, Social Work, Law-Psychology, Family Science/Child Development, Prevention Science/Public Health, I/O Psychology, or a related field.
Training in basic statistical analysis is required.
The selected candidate will possess strong self-motivation, excellent critical thinking, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage their own time to meet multiple overlapping deadlines.
This individual must have the ability to adapt to new situations or issues and to adjust to the changing and dynamic nature of doing evaluation work within juvenile court and public mental health systems.
The selected candidate must be willing to travel, primarily in Nebraska, including occasional overnight stays.
This individual must be able to communicate evaluation findings to diverse audiences (including researchers, legal and clinical professionals, and private funders) in both oral and written means.
Experience or training in research methodology, program evaluation, advanced statistical analyses, and/or the law is preferred.
A conceptual understanding of and/or previous applied work in the juvenile court system, juvenile law, and mental health (specifically in early childhood) is preferred.
History of external grant funding is desirable.
Previous experience in managing a team (e.g., research lab) and/or teaching/supervising undergraduate students is preferred.
Previous experience in collecting, analyzing, and publishing translational/programmatic/evaluation data is preferred.
Research interests that align with any/all of NRPVYC's content areas are preferred. These areas include: a. Child welfare (effects of child maltreatment, functioning of the child welfare system, etc.) b. Early childhood mental health (treatment, outcomes, etc.) c. Reflective practice, particularly when used in supervision practices d. Juvenile court/law, particularly in the context of the child welfare system
Job Type: 12 Month (Faculty Only)
Internal Number: 68252
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