Jolynne Batchelor, Ph.D., LCSW, Research Associate

Jolynne Batchelor, Ph.D., LCSW, Research Associate

“I’m very happy to be working among amazing scholars who share my social work values and where everyone is dedicated to advancing compassionate practice and research with the most vulnerable children and families in Texas.” Jolynne Batchelor, PhD, is a Research Associate with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and Director of the… Read more »

Tina Adkins, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Tina Adkins, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Tina Adkins is a Research Assistant Professor with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and is also the Director of the Sue Fairbanks Psychoanalytic Academy. Dr. Adkins has worked her entire career in the field of child welfare.  She began as a Child Protective Services worker and went on to become a… Read more »

Laura Marra, MSSW, Research Director

Laura Marra, MSSW, Research Director

“It’s exciting to come to work every day knowing that I am part of a dynamic team that values the work we do.” Laura oversees research design, implementation, and program evaluation for projects focused on child wellbeing, family resilience, adoption, permanency, and child care.  Her professional research interests include: 1) building evidence-based models of support… Read more »

Shannon Mann-Butler, MSSW, MAC, Program & Training Director

Shannon Mann-Butler, MSSW, MAC, Program & Training Director

  “I have a passion for helping people and nonprofit organizations to maximize strengths and opportunities, and to thrive in an environment of change.” Shannon is the Program & Training Director at the institute. Shannon’s role includes program management & development, outreach and collaboration efforts on campus and in the community, and volunteer and student… Read more »

Monica Faulkner, Ph.D. LMSW, Director

Monica Faulkner, Ph.D. LMSW, Director

 “When I sit back and look at everything we have done in nine years, I feel immensely proud, not of the volume of the work, but the impact that we have made.” Dr. Monica Faulkner is a Research Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin… Read more »

Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH, Communications Director

Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH, Communications Director

“We are a collaborative team here at TXICFW. We utilize each other’s strengths and support each other through opportunities for growth while always striving towards a shared vision of promoting the wellbeing of children and families.” Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH is currently the Communications Director at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at… Read more »