Research Projects

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research administers research and training projects funded by a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. The table below lists current and past research projects, with links to individual project summaries, researcher profiles, and projects listed by nine broad categories.

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Project Title Researcher Category End Date
Adoption Assessment Project Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Organizational functioning 2006
Adoption Openness—Longitudinal Birthmother Outcomes Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Adoption Recruitment Campaign and Response Initiative Evaluation Project Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Adoptive and Foster Couples Retreat and Support Network Program (Healthy Marriage) Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2007
AdoptUSKids Evaluation Project Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Alternatives to relinquishment of custody to obtain mental health services Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Mental health 2014
CASA of Travis County Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2000
CASA of Travis County evaluation Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1998
Changing adoption agency practices: Mental health implications for birthparents, adoptive parents, and adopted Children Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2000
Child abuse medical examinations in Texas Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2013
Child death study A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1997
Child Welfare Education Collaboration Jane A. Kretzschmar, LCSW
Rowena Fong, Ed.D.
Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Social work education 2018
Collaboration to AdoptUsKids Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCGs) of Texas David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1999
Creating an evidence-based program to build resiliency in child abuse staff and volunteers Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Organizational functioning 2011
Department of Family and Protective Services Youth Specialist Pilot Program Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Education/Schools 2016
DFPS Curriculum Development: Permanency, visitation, and trauma-informed workforce Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Organizational functioning 2013
East Texas CASA Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1998
Evaluation of the Exceptional Care Pilot Project Marilyn Armour, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2003
Evaluation study of post-adoption services Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1996
Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Research Collaboration-RCT of Family Minds Intervention Tina Adkins, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Parenting 2018
Foster Care Redesign: Program Evaluation Noel Landuyt, Ph.D.
Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Rowena Fong, Ed.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2013
Jobs opportunities and basic skills survey Yolanda C. Padilla, Ph.D.
(dis) ability; Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Organizational functioning 1995
Long-term outcomes of child protection mediation on permanency for children in foster care A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2009
PACE Project Evaluation A. James Schwab, Ph.D. Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2001
Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Evaluation Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW
Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2017
Quality Improvement Center for Adoption & Guardianship Support & Preservation: Evaluation Component Rowena Fong, Ed.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2019
Residential group homes: An outcome evaluation of treatment effectiveness Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1997
Strengthening Homes in Partnership (SHIP) Darlene Grant, Ph.D.
Allen Rubin, Ph.D.
Addictions; Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1996
Substance Abuse Family Treatment (SAF-T) Project Allen Rubin, Ph.D. Addictions; Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 1994
Texas Trio: Education system collaborations to increase educational stability Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Education/Schools 2013
Texas Youth Permanency Study Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2020
The Connections Project: Connecting disconnected youth to programs that support healthy sexual outcome Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption; Juvenile/Criminal justice; Sexual health 2016
Travis County foster care reintegration Ruth G. McRoy, Ph.D.
Child welfare/Foster care/Adoption 2009
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