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NCCD Names Director of Child Welfare
Philip Decter, MSW, has been named Director of Child Welfare at NCCD. Mr. Decter served as interim director of child welfare for the past year, providing strategic direction and leadership for NCCD staff focused on system improvement in child welfare. Kathy Park, CEO, said NCCD is grateful for his work during this interim period and pleased that he will continue serving the organization in this role on a more permanent basis.

Since joining NCCD in 2010, Mr. Decter has worked on implementation of the Structured Decision Making® system integrated with strengths-based and solution-focused approaches. He has partnered with jurisdictions in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, and Massachusetts as well as Australia, Taiwan, and Canada.  

Before joining NCCD, Mr. Decter worked with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and other Massachusetts child-serving nonprofits as a consultant, trainer, and coach. He has an MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work and has studied, trained, and taught extensively on strengths-based, solution-focused, and narrative approaches to clinical work.
  
 
Associate Director Presents on Predictive Analytics
Chris Scharenbroch, associate director of research analytics at NCCD, collaborated with two researchers from other organizations to present a session titled “Predictive Analytics Within a Prevention Science Framework” at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). Scharenbroch’s portion of the presentation focused on methods to ensure effective and equitable predictive analytics. The meeting, which took place at the end of May in Washington, DC, brought together more than 800 researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from the United States and around the world to advance SPR’s vision of a “wellness-oriented society in which evidenced-based programs and policies are continuously applied to improve the health and well-being of its citizens … .”

 
Researchers Study CAIS™
A team of four graduate students from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison gave their final capstone course presentation to NCCD staff in early May. The students conducted an evaluation of Correctional Assessment and Intervention System™ (CAIS) data from six probation departments in California for their capstone course. This is the first time an external agency has studied aggregate CAIS™ outcomes since the system became CAIS in the early 2000s. Representatives from the county agencies that agreed to provide data for the evaluation were invited to attend the presentation via GoToMeeting, and lively discussion followed. NCCD staff are grateful to these students for their work and hope to expand on it in the future.
  
 
New Researchers Bring Diverse Experiences to NCCD
Two new researchers bring a wide array of experience to NCCD. Cynthia Burnson, PhD, was previously with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she studied postpartum depression treatment in home visiting programs, infant and family mental health, and the assessment of parent-child relationships. While working on her PhD at UW–Madison, she studied resilience processes in young children of incarcerated parents and quantitative methods. Additional experience includes studying self-regulation in children born preterm, the efficacy of Sesame Street toolkit materials in promoting positive jail visits of young children to see their parents, marital quality in families with a child with autism, and young children experiencing homelessness. Throughout all her work, Dr. Burnson has used her passion to promote the well-being of children within systems that impact their development.

 
Raul Chavez, PhD, has more than a decade of experience in child and youth development and public policy analysis and research. Recent work includes a project to identify policy solutions to strengthen California’s early care and education system; a research needs assessment to help organizers and policy advocates push for improvements for the US early care and education workforce; and the design and implementation of a policy and fiscal review in five US counties to understand how local providers implement federal policies related to homeless and unstably housed youth. Dr. Chavez has published articles on children and youth developing their identities around work and occupations; collaborated with counties in the Bay Area of California to streamline their health and social services; and helped local nonprofits strengthen their research and data knowledge and capabilities. Before receiving his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, he served as an analyst with the US government, specializing in youth activities related to political unrest, terrorism, and transnational crime. 
 
 
 

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