Strengthening Communities Through Research – Goodman Community Center

The University of Hartford Center for Social Research (CSR) seeks to discover and publicly disseminate knowledge, inform public policy and strengthen communities. CSR was founded in 1975 and has been under the leadership of its current director, Dr. Timothy Black, since 1993. The CSR focuses on researching and evaluating human service program development and assessment, particularly programs targeting socially and economically marginalized populations – Goodman Community Center.

The strengths of the CSR are its use of multiple research methods, including quantitative and qualitative strategies. The CSR utilizes research technologies and statistical programs to analyze large national data sets (e.g., Census data) as well as data collected from surveys and interviews. The Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is used to conduct these quantitative analyses.

The CSR has also been recognized for its qualitative methodological expertise, for instance, conducting life stories interviews, oral histories, and focus groups, as well as naturalistic field observations and ethnographic research. This combination provides a strong basis for both outcome and process studies, and provides a broader scope of applications ranging from informing public policy to developing and strengthening programs.

Leaders of the CSR conceptualize research as a public process and, as such, encourage public discussion of its research intentions, processes and outcomes with board members, state advocates, program leaders, and program staff.

Services at the Center for Social Research:

  • Program Research, Evaluation and Development
  • Randomized Control Studies
  • Interview and Focus Group Studies
  • Ethnographic Field Research
  • Participatory and Community Action Research
  • Survey Design, Implementation and Analysis

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Center for Social Research CSR Staff – goodman community center

The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a research entity of the University of Hartford. It has been in operation since 1973. The work conducted at the CSR focuses on human service program development and assessment, particularly programs targeting socially and economically marginalized populations.

Marcia Hughes, Ph.D., Research & Evaluation Analyst, is primarily responsible for the design and management of research and evaluation projects. Marcia has been providing program development and evaluation services to nonprofit organizations, government and community-based agencies, and school systems for over fifteen years. Her work contributes to interdisciplinary, multi-level collaboratives for creating positive social change at the local, national, and international levels.

Allison Joslyn joined the Center for Social Research as the Project Manager in April 2012. She is an M.A. Health Psychology candidate in the Department of Psychological Science at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Her research experience includes interning for the Department of Psychiatry and Trauma Clinic at the University of Connecticut Health Center on multiple studies examining educational and therapeutic interventions for PTSD, and MST vocational outcomes of adolescents. In addition, Allison received extensive training as a graduate assistant working on evaluation projects related to student retention, student engagement, and critical thinking and problem solving skills (cross-sectional study) for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at CCSU. Allison’s primary responsibilities at the Center for Social Research are to provide oversight on data collection and procedures, monitor program performance, and conduct data analysis for annual outcome reports for programs related to the Children’s Trust Fund, such as Nurturing Families Network, Family School Connections, and Help Me Grow.

Jesenia M. Maldonado is The Center for Social Research’s Database Manager. She’s been with CSR for seven years and is currently working towards her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Jesenia is responsible for all the tracking and entering of data for The Nurturing Families Network Program and The Family School Connections Program, along with filing the data and communicating any questions or concerns about data submissions to program staff. Jesenia is very interested in developing new programs that benefit teen moms and Latinas in her community.

Morella Wojton,  project coordinator at The Center for Social Research,  conducts a range of research activities including coordination of field research, data base management, field work, and interviewing. Since starting at The Center in 2010, most of her time has been devoted to The NFN Depression Improvement study, and more recently the Help Me Grow Application of Protective Factors, and the NFN Child Outcome Study.  She attended Central Connecticut State University and studied Anthropology. Morella is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and as a fully bilingual immigrant she is deeply interested and invested in continuing her work with the Latino community in CT while at The Center.

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Employment Opportunities – goodman community center

The University of Hartford, Center for Social Research, seeks to fill temporary, per diem research assistant positions for field work and data collection, including interviews, focus groups, and ethnographic observation for Process Evaluation of Father Home Visiting and the NFN Child Outcome study. In addition, the per diem research positions will assist in literature reviews, coding and analyzing data, and reporting on findings.

It is preferred that candidates be bi-lingual in Spanish and English and enrolled in an advanced degree program (Masters or Ph.D.) in a health or social sciences field or have comparable work experience. The work is on an as needed basis-dependent on intake of new study participants and requires own transportation and willingness to travel in Connecticut. The payment rate is $20.00 per hour (does not include any benefits); payment for travel time and mileage reimbursement are included.

The Center for Social Research is a community research organization affiliated with the University of Hartford. The primary mission of the Center is to seek and disseminate knowledge that will strengthen communities, inform public policy, improve human service programs, and support community organizing initiatives.

 

Depression Improvement Study

Currently conducting a clinical trial of In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IH-CBT) for depressed mothers who are participating in the Nurturing Families Network Home Visitation Program. This study replicates “Treatment of Depression in Home Visitation,” conducted by Robert Ammerman, Principal Investigator, and Frank Putnam, Co-Principal Investigator, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. Eligible mothers are randomized to either IH-CBT or home visiting as usual (HVAU). Pre, post, and 3-month follow-up assessments are conducted with both groups to determine changes in depression status – goodman community center.

The specific objectives of the study are to: (1) Compare the efficacy of IH-CBT in contrast to home visitation “as usual.” (2) Test the generalizability of the treatment model by examining differential effects of IH-CBT on two home visitation models: Ohio’s Early Childhood Succeeds and Connecticut’s Nurturing Families Network (NFN) program.

A randomized control trial comparing child outcomes for depressed mothers in an experimental group receiving In Home-Cognitive Behavior Therapy in addition to home visitation services (see above study). The clinical trial is being conducted over a 3 year period. Assessment of child social-emotional behavior is collected as a measure of outcome at or just after the child’s 1 year birthday.

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