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Faculty Research Associates


Ronald Sabatelli, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Sabatelli is a Senior Research Associate at the CARHD. He is a Professor and Department Head in Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Sabatelli’s research interests include family interaction processes; processes mediating the formation, maintenance, and breakup of intimate dyads; measurement and assessment of the qualities and dimensions of intimate partnerships and family functioning; the influence of family-of-origin factors upon the structure and experience of parenthood; and adolescent and young adult development. He is currently the editor of Family Relations, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, published on behalf of the National Council on Family Relations.


Preston Britner, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Britner is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is Co-Chair of the University’s Public Engagement Forum, a University Teaching Fellow, and Editor Emeritus of The Journal of Primary Prevention.  He holds several editorial appointments and numerous administrative and elected positions at university, state, and national levels. His research interests include single-system design evaluation, attachment-caregiving relationships, youth mentoring, child maltreatment prevention, foster care, and family-focused, community-based prevention/diversion programs for children, youth, and families.


JoAnn Robinson, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Robinson is a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her professional interests include prevention and early intervention for families and young children, impact of interventions on emotional development and parent-child relationships, infant mental health, and assessment of emotional development ages 0-8 years.


Beth Russell, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Russell is an Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her professional interests include the study of parent-child relationships from birth through adolescence, the development of self-control and resilience, and intervention designs to prevent child maltreatment and promote family wellbeing. She has over a decade of experience as a parent educator and has specific interests in program assessment, including both process and outcome evaluations. Dr. Russell is a University of Connecticut Service Learning Fellow and sits on numerous editorial panels for peer review journals including Family Relations, Child Abuse & Neglect, and The Journal of Primary Prevention.

Erik Hines

 Erik Hines, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Erik M. Hines is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hines teaches in the counseling program and prepares graduate students to be professional school counselors. Dr. Hines’s research agenda centers around: (a) African American male academic achievement and college readiness; (b) parental involvement and its impact on academic achievement for students of color; and (c) improving and increasing postsecondary opportunities for first generation, low-income, and students of color (particularly for African American males). Additionally, his research interests include career exploration in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for students of color in K-12. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Counseling and Development, Professional School Counseling, and The High School Journal.

Chris RhoadsChris Rhoads, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Chris Rhoads received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Northwestern University in 2008. From 2008-2011 he was an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellow in policy research at the Institute of Policy Research at Northwestern University, under the mentorship Dr. Larry Hedges. His research interests focus on methods for improving causal inference in educational research, particularly in the areas of experimental design and the analysis of multi-level data structures.

Laura MauldinLaura Mauldin, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Associate

Dr. Laura Mauldin is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Human Development and Family Studies Department and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Dr. Mauldin is currently developing new research projects related to spousal/partner caregiving, disability, and medical technologies. Her other research interests include the social, cultural, and ethical aspects of health, illness and healthcare; disability studies/Deaf studies; science and technology studies (STS); impact of medical knowledge on motherhood; disability/chronic illness and care negotiation in the family; and feminist theory, the body, and identity. Dr. Mauldin is on the Board of Corporators for the American School for the Deaf and maintain my interpreting certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. I am co-chair of the Disabilities Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and active in the Disability and Society Section of the American Sociological Association.

melanieMelanie Furman

Project Manager

Melanie is the project manager and a research associate for Positive Behavior in Out-of-School Time (Positive BOOST) and has collaborated on the project since January, 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and HDFS at the University of Connecticut in 2014. Currently, she is a second year graduate student in School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research/practitioner interests include Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), students with challenging behaviors, afterschool programming and positive youth development.

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kellie RKellie Randall, Ph.D.

Staff Research Associate

Kellie received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from UConn in 2015. Her dissertation was an extension of the Center’s work on the Crossover Youth (COY) project and focused on using person-centered analytic approaches to better understand youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Kellie remains involved in the Center’s work with the COY data set. During her time as a graduate student she worked at the Center on a number of other projects including the Afterschool Program Evaluation and the ACF Housing and Child Welfare project.  Kellie is currently a Senior Associate at the Child Health and Development Institute where she oversees data collection, analysis, and reporting for multiple initiatives to disseminate and sustain evidence-based practices for children. She works primarily on the statewide dissemination and implementation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Her broad interests are in quantitative research, adolescent development, and improving policies and programs for children and their families.