Staff Spotlight: Shannon Mann-Butler, CFRI Senior Operations and Development Coordinator

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I am responsible for program development and coordination, conference planning and coordination, university outreach, volunteer and mentor coordination, collaboration efforts on campus and in the community, fundraising for UTCFRI programs and projects while working closely with campus development. I also supervise and provide professional development… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Tina Adkins, CFRI Research Associate

  What are your professional areas of interest/ research interests? I am very passionate about improving the child welfare system through quality research and interventions.  In particular, I believe that if you help a parent, you help a child.  Therefore, my favorite work involves supporting the needs of foster and adoptive parents.  I believe psychoanalytic… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Laura Marra, CFRI Senior Research Coordinator

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I oversee research design, evaluation, and analysis for projects related to child welfare and child well-being and have a particular interest in making sure that our findings are disseminated in a way that is useful to those impacted by them. Current projects or one key… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Tania Jordanova, CFRI Research Coordinator

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I am a research coordinator at UTCFRI. This entails a variety of things, such as communicating with funders and project participants, designing survey instruments, conducting interviews, analyzing data, writing reports and creating infographics. It is a fun job because it involves so many different pieces…. Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Beth Gerlach, CFRI Associate Director

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI:  My primary roles at CFRI are to develop research strategy, supervise current projects, conduct qualitative and quantitative data collection, write and edit reports, and build community partnerships.  What are your professional areas of interest/ research interests?  I tend to think that everything sounds interesting, but… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Jeni Brazeal, HYP Program Coordinator

  Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: I support the community-based coalition Healthy Youth Partnership (HYP) in providing quality professional development opportunities for youth-serving professionals in Central Texas. These include monthly workshops, an annual conference, advanced trainings on collaboration and leadership development, and social media outreach. I also manage a program… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Monica Faulkner, CFRI Co-Director

Describe in your own words what you do at UTCFRI: As the Co-Director, I am responsible for making sure that we produce quality work that will truly help children and families.  I manage our budgets, resources, design studies, collect data, hire and supervise amazing people.  I also represent us in the community. If you had… Read more »

Sensible criminal justice: Strengthening parent-child relationships

By Hannah McDermott Last week, President Obama spoke to the NAACP the extraordinary rate of incarceration in the United States compared to other nations; 2.2 million individuals incarcerated, he said.  He addressed the racial disparities in our criminal justice system and long sentences imposed by mandatory minimum laws. President Obama addressed, rightly, that mass incarceration… Read more »