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Scientific Advisory Panel

The Scientific Advisory Panel was created to provide strategic counsel to ensure Boys Town’s research remains timely and relevant. The panel includes nationally prominent researchers in the fields of child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, prevention, and education.

​​Speaker Series

Collaboration with nationally recognized experts enables Boys Town to stay at the forefront of child and family care research. Experts exchange ideas and provide advice to Boys Town staff and administrators on a regular basis through the Speaker Series.

  • October 2013

  • September 2014

    What Makes a Difference? Examining Variations in Practice and Outcomes in Teaching Family and Non-Teaching Family Group Homes
    Elizabeth Farmer, Ph.D.

    Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Presentation given on September 16, 2014

  • April 2015

    Measurement and Evaluation of Community-Based Prevention of Youth Antisocial Behavior Problems
    Eric C. Brown, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, Dept. of Public Health Sciences,
    Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
    Presentation given on April 1, 2015

    A Dream Come True – No More Residential Care. The Next Episode.
    Frank Ainsworth, Ph.D.

    Sr. Principal Research Fellow (Adjunct), James Cook University, School of Social Work and Community Welfare,
    Townsville Campus, Queensland, Australia
    Presentation given on April 22, 2015

  • February 2016

    Decision-Making in Child and Adolescent Service Systems
    John Lyons, Ph.D.

    Senior Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children, Chicago, Illinois
    Presentation given on February 29, 2016

  • September 2016

    Improving Residential Practice Through Measurement
    Paul Mastronardi

    Executive Director, Dunlea Centre - Australia's Original Boys Town, Sydney, Australia
    Presentation given on September 23, 2016

  • December 2016

    The Experiences of White Mothers Parenting Black/White Children: Personal, Social and Community Factors in Child Welfare Involvement
    Mary Elizabeth Rauktis, Ph.D.

    Assistant Research Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
    Presentation given on December 15, 2016

  • November 2017

    Maltreatment, the Brain, and the Boys Town Intervention: First-Year Discoveries of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research
    James Blair, Ph.D.

    Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home
    Presentation given on November 1, 2017

  • March 2019

    The Impact of Different Substances of Abuse and Forms of Maltreatment on Adolescent Brain Development and Early Results on the Boys Town Program Moderating this Impact
    James Blair, Ph.D.

    Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home
    Presentation given on March 27, 2017. Learn More.


Formal partnerships currently exist with the Academy for Child and Family Well Being as well as the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the University of Washington, and the Partnerships for Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University.

​​Current External Funders

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • National Institute on Aging
  • Institute of Education Sciences

Kara Neuverth
Media Relations Director

Jordan Weinandt
Media Relations Specialist

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