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Evaluation Advisory Panel Directory

Richard Catalano, Jr.

Richard Catalano is a Professor and Associate Director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington's School of Social Work in Seattle. He has led research and program development to promote positive youth development and prevent problem behavior. Dr. Catalano is the Principal Investigator on several federal grants, chair of Washington State's Research Subcommittee of the Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and a member of the U.S. Attorney General's Methamphetamine Task Force.  He has served on the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Study Group on Serious, Chronic and Violent Offenders; the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Prevention Enhancement Protocol System for Family Programs; the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Evaluating Needle Exchange and Bleach Distribution programs; the National Institute on Drug Abuse Epidemiology and Prevention Review Committee; and the Washington State Advisory Committee for Alcohol and Substance Abuse.  Dr. Catalano is a recipient of the Seventh Annual Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Prevention and the National Prevention Network, 1996.  He co-developed the Social Development Strategy, two parenting programs and a community prevention approach. He also co-founded Developmental Research & Programs.  Dr. Catalano publishes frequently and is a sought-after consultant.

C. Tracy Orleans
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advisor

Tracy Orleans is a Senior Scientist at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she is responsible for numerous research-based tobacco control, substance abuse prevention, behavioral medicine and chronic disease management projects.  A clinical psychologist, Dr. Orleans serves as Adjunct Full Member of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her past work has focused on the development and evaluation of model tobacco control and treatment programs for community and health care settings and for a variety of high-risk populations.  Dr. Orleans has served on many national, federal and corporate behavioral medicine and tobacco control advisory panels and currently serves on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and recently co-edited the first textbook on the treatment of nicotine addiction. 

Tony Earls
Panel Advisor

Felton Earls is a Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Human Behavior and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Earls is currently Principal Investigator of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods.   Prior to this, he was Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His awards include the Distinguished Psychiatrist Award and the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Dale Richmond Award from the Academy of Pediatrics and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Northwestern University.  Dr. Earls is a fellow of the American Academy of Art and Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, serves on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights and is a member of the Committee on Human Rights at the National Academy of Sciences.

J. Lawrence Aber
Panel Member

Larry Aber is an Applied Psychology Professor at New York University and is the former Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty and Associate Professor of Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.  He has conducted both basic and applied research studies relevant to child and family policy, and has taught undergraduate and graduate clinical and developmental psychology, and child and family policy. While on the faculty of Barnard College, Dr. Aber directed Barnard's Center for Toddler Development.  He has co-directed the Columbia University Project on Children and War and co-founded the Columbia Institute for Child and Family Policy.  He also consults with community-based programs for children, youth and families and local, state and federal agencies and UNICEF. Dr. Aber frequently testifies before Congress and state legislatures, provides information to the media and consults with foundations and governments on new child and family initiatives.  He has received awards such as a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar Award (1987-1992), a Spencer Fellowship (1986-1987) and a Visiting Scholar Award at the Russell Sage Foundation (1991-1992).

Anthony Biglan
Panel Member

Anthony Biglan is the Director of the Center for Community Interventions on Childrearing.  He was trained as a clinical and social psychologist and, for two decades, has been doing research on the prevention of adolescent substance use. He has developed and evaluated school-based programs to prevent youth substance use and other antisocial behaviors and done research experimentally evaluating interventions to affect parenting practices. His current work focuses on community interventions to affect the parenting and school practices that influence youth development, and on advocating for the widespread adoption of empirically-supported childrearing practices.  Dr. Biglan has served on Review Committees for the National Institutes of Health, sits on the Epidemiology and Prevention Review Committee for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is on the editorial boards of four national journals and is a consultant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  A board member of the Society of Prevention Research, he co-chairs its Prevention Science Advocacy Committee.  He also chairs the social policy committees for the Society of Prevention Research and the Society for Community Research and Action.

Robert Boruch
Panel Member

Robert F. Boruch is University Trustee Chair Professor of the Graduate School of Education and the Statistics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is an expert on methods for evaluating programs and projects here and abroad.  Dr. Boruch has chaired the National Academy of Sciences Education Statistics delegation to China and has conducted seminars in Israel, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire and Kenya.  He has been a consultant to WHO, UNESCO and USAID.  He has presented lectures in England, Scotland, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Germany and India.  Dr. Boruch's work has received recognition from the American Educational Research Association (Research Review Award) and the American Evaluation Association (Gunnar and Alva Myrdal Award). He was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at Rockefeller Foundation's  Bellagio Center. Dr. Boruch has authored nearly 150 articles and has written or edited over 10 books.  He serves on national advisory groups to the National Center for Education Statistics, the Office of Planning and Evaluation for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. General Accounting Office.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the William T. Grant Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institutes for Research.

Claudia Coulton
Panel Member

Claudia J. Coulton is the Lillian F. Harris Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Mandel School's faculty in 1978 and progressed to Professor in 1984. Since then, she has been Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change and works with community-based organizations and initiatives to address poverty and related conditions in urban neighborhoods. Dr. Coulton is a source of information for national, regional, and local government agencies and national foundations, particularly in the area of urban neighborhoods and welfare reform. She is the author of numerous journal articles and reports from the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change. Dr. Coulton is the recipient of the 1993 Social Work Researcher of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1994 and is the 1989 recipient of the John Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching at Case Western Reserve University.

Adele Harrell
Panel Member

Adele Harrell has been actively engaged in studies of drug abuse since 1975. She is currently evaluating the Brooklyn Treatment Court services for female offenders and Breaking the Cycle, a program linking court and treatment services for drug-involved defendants.  Prior research includes an evaluation of the system-wide drug testing in case management at pretrial, probation and parole and studies of the relationship between arrestee urinalysis results and community indicators of drug problems among adults and juveniles. She recently completed the third wave of an experimental evaluation of the impact of the Children at Risk Program and a five-year experimental evaluation of the D.C. Drug Court. Dr. Harrell has also conducted many studies of domestic violence. She is co-directing the evaluation of a demonstration project to provide improved judicial oversight of domestic violence cases and is a senior researcher on the evaluation of the Violence against Women Act STOP block grant program. Her earlier work centered on the justice system's response to domestic violence.

David Huizinga
Panel Member

David Huizinga is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado.  For over two decades he has conducted basic and evaluation research on developmental lifespan issues.  He is the co-author of five books, several book chapters and numerous journal articles on issues surrounding the development of delinquency, drug use and mental health.  Dr. Huizinga is the Principal Investigator of the Denver Youth Survey (funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, from 1987-2002) and the most recent Principal Investigator of the National Youth Survey (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1976-1995) which he has co-directed with Delbert Elliott since 1985.  He is also the Principal Investigator of two cross-national longitudinal projects investigating the effect of the transition from school-to-work and justice system processing on crime and drug use.  His prior research experience as a statistician and researcher includes methodology and the substantive areas of child and adolescent delinquency, crime, violence, drug use/abuse, mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, mental health care utilization and the comorbidity of these problems.

Sharon Lynn Kagan
Panel Member

Sharon Lynn Kagan, Senior Associate at Yale University's Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy, is widely recognized for her work around the care and education of young children and their families.  Dr. Kagan is a consultant to the White House, Congress, the National Governors' Association, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and states, foundations, corporations and professional associations.  She is President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Co-Chair of the National Education Goals Panel on Goal One, and sits on over 40 national boards or panels.  Formerly, Chair of the Family Resource Coalition of America's Board of Directors and a member of President Clinton's education transition team, National Commissions on Head Start and Chapter 1, and the NAEYC Governing Board, Dr. Kagan has received numerous awards. She is the author of over 120 publications, and has recently completed a national study. Her analytic work has been supported by research grants from 10 national foundations, along with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.  Augmenting her scholarship with practice in the field, Dr. Kagan has been a Head Start teacher and director, a fellow in the U.S. Senate, an administrator in the public schools and Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Early Childhood Education.

Robert McMahon
Panel Member

Robert J. McMahon is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and was Director of the Child Clinical Psychology Program from 1991 to 1999.  He is a Principal Investigator on the Fast Track project, a multi-site collaborative study on the prevention of antisocial behavior in school-aged children.  His primary responsibilities are the development and implementation of the family-based intervention components.  Dr. McMahon is a member of the Scientific Core Group for the Research Network on the Etiology of Tobacco Dependence sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Planning Group for the Prevention Enhancement Protocols System (PEPS) being developed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); and the National Program Advisory Committee for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)/CSAP Strengthening America' s Families Technical Assistance and Training Project.  Dr. McMahon also has served on the Planning Committee for the Banff International Conferences on Behavioral Science since 1981.  He has authored many articles, chapters and reviews.  He co-authored (with Rex Forehand) Helping the Noncompliant Child: A Clinician's Guide to Parent Training and is preparing a new edition of this book.  He also is co-editor of Preventing Childhood Disorders, Substance Abuse and Delinquency.

David P. Racine
Panel Member

David P. Racine is the President of the Philadelphia-based Replication and Program Strategies, which identifies and fosters the broader adoption of effective social, health and education programs. Prior to joining RPS at its founding in 1994, Mr. Racine was the first Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Points of Light Foundation.  Earlier, as Legislative Director for Senator Jack Danforth, he was responsible for organizing and managing the Senator's legislative agenda, which ranged from civil rights legislation to coverage for catastrophic illnesses to tax reform.   Before that, Mr. Racine was the Senior Policy Advisor for health, labor and human service issues for New Jersey Governor Tom Kean.  In that position, he worked closely with the state's Department of Human Services on New Jersey' s innovative welfare reform and school-based health centers programs.  Early in his career, Mr. Racine was an intern at the American Public Welfare Association in Washington, D.C., and eventually became that organization' s Director of Government Affairs and Social Policy.

Alexander C. Wagenaar
Panel Member

Alexander C. Wagenaar is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Alcohol Epidemiology Program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  Dr. Wagenaar has a strong interest in evaluation of public policy changes and community-level interventions, using both randomized trial and time-series research designs and statistical methods.  He is currently principal investigator on four major research projects, serves as a scientific reviewer for two dozen journals, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Safety Research and an Assistant Editor of the journal Addiction.  He has published a book, several book chapters and over 100 scientific articles on public health policy, community intervention trials, alcohol studies, violence prevention, traffic safety and injury control.  Dr. Wagenaar recently received the prestigious Jellinek award for lifetime achievement in community intervention and policy evaluation research on alcohol.

Cathy Spatz Widom
Panel Member

Cathy Spatz Widom is Professor of Psychiatry and University Professor at the New Jersey Medical School.  She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association.  A former faculty member in Psychology and Social Relations at Harvard University and in Criminal Justice and Psychology at Indiana University and the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY). Dr. Widom has served on the editorial boards of psychology and criminology journals and is a frequent consultant on national review panels.  She has published extensively and received numerous awards, including the 1989 American Association for the Advancement of Science Behavioral Science Research Prize, the ninth Mark Keller Award (1996), Distinguished Contribution to Applied Research in Psychology and Law from the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology (1997) and the Robert Chin Memorial Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (with Michael G. Maxfield).  Since 1986, Dr.  Widom has worked on a large study to determine the long-term consequences of early childhood abuse and neglect. She serves on the Committee on Law and Justice at the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Research Council (NRC) and was co-chair of the NRC Panel on Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Panel Member

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University, in community psychology.  His research has included work on long-term effects of early childhood programs, improvement of mental health and prevention services in early childhood programs and the development of competence in urban adolescents in poverty.  Currently, in collaboration with the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, he is exploring effects of welfare reform and anti-poverty policies on parents' employment experiences and child development.  In addition, he is carrying out research on culturally anchored approaches to community-wide HIV prevention among Asian / Pacific Islander populations in New York City.  Dr. Yoshikawa has served as consultant to the Administration on Children Youth and Families, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Head Start Association, where he concentrated on efforts to improve the mental health, preventive and research capacities of Head Start.  He most recently served on the Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation, which was appointed to develop a research design for the Congressionally-mandated, national impact evaluation of Head Start.


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