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PPN Team Members

The Promising Practices Network began in 1997 as a partnership between four state-level organizations that help public and private organizations improve the well-being of children and families. Due to funding constraints, the PPN project has concluded. The PPN website was archived in June 2014 and has not been updated since then.

The PPN website was developed and maintained by a core team of staff at the RAND Corporation:


Director, Rebecca Kilburn

Content Manager, Teryn Mattox

Editor, James Torr

Project Administrator, Lance Tan

Website Manager, Sue Phillips



PPN is grateful for the support and expertise of the people listed below, whose contributions to the PPN website helped to make it such an outstanding resource.


Research Content Development      |      Scientific Reviewers      |      Expert Contributors



Research Content Development

Jill Cannon  (Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Southern California)
       Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Nancy DelFavero  (B.A., Journalism and English, Indiana University)
       Research Editor, RAND Corporation

Laura Hickman  (Ph.D., Criminology, University of Maryland)
       Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Rebecca Kilburn  (Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago)
       Director, Promising Practices Network; Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Shannon Maloney  (Ph.D. Candidate, Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School)
       Doctoral Fellow, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Teryn Mattox  (M.P.A., Harvard University)
       Senior Project Associate, RAND Corporation

Rebecca Shaw  (M.A., Social Work, Health Administration and Policy, University of Chicago)
       Research Associate, RAND Corporation

Amber Smith  (Ph.D. Candidate, Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School)
       Doctoral Fellow, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Jennifer Wong  (Ph.D., Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School)
       Doctoral Fellow, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Scientific Reviewers

Megan Beckett  (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan)
       Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Mark Berends  (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
       Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University

James Bigelow  (Ph.D., Operations Research, Stanford University)
       Senior Operations Researcher, RAND Corporation

Barbara Burns  (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Boston College)
       Professor of Medical Psychology and Director of the Services Effectiveness Research Program, Duke University

Anita Chandra  (Ph.D., Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)
       Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Peggy Chen  (M.D., Columbia University; M.S., Health Services Research, Yale University; M.S., Health Care Policy, Planning & Finance, London School of Economics)
       Associate Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation

Rebecca Collins  (Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles)
       Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Ashlesha Datar  (Ph.D., Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A., Economics, Indiana University)
       Economist, RAND Corporation

Lois Davis  (Ph.D., Public Health, UCLA)
       Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Patricia Ebener  (B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University)
       Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Daniela Golinelli  (Ph.D., Statistics, University of Washington, Seattle)
       Statistician, RAND Corporation

Laura Hamilton  (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Stanford University)
       Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Gina Ikemoto  (Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Maryland-College Park)
       Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Lisa Jaycox  (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Pennsylvania)
       Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Lynn Karoly  (Ph.D., Economics, Yale University)
       Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Kelly Kelleher  (M.D., Ohio State University; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University)
       Director, Office of Clinical Sciences, Columbus Children's Research Institute, Ohio State University

Rebecca Kilburn  (Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago)
       Director, RAND Child Policy and PPN; Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Vi-Nhuan Le  (Ph.D., Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University)
       Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Steven Martino  (Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Minnesota)
       Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Dan McCaffrey  (Ph.D., Statistics, North Carolina State University)
       Senior Statistician, RAND Corporation

Jennifer McCombs  (Ph.D., Public Policy, George Washington University)
       Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Christopher Nelson  (Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
       Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

Michael Pollard  (Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University)
       Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

Rajeev Ramchand  (Ph.D., Public Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University)
       Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Terry Schell  (Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara)
       Associate Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Dana Schultz  (M.P.P., Harvard University)
       Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

Heather Schwartz  (Ph.D., Education Policy, Columbia University Teachers College)
       Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Claude Setodji  (Ph.D., Statistics, University of Minnesota)
       Statistician, RAND Corporation

Bradley Stein  (Ph.D., Health Policy, RAND Graduate School; M.P.H., Health Services Administration, University of Pittsburgh; M.D., University of Pittsburgh)
       Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; Associate Director for Mental and Behavioral Health, RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security, RAND Corporation

Mary Kay Stein  (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Pittsburgh)
       Professor, School of Education, and Senior Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center, University of Pittsburgh


Expert Contributors

Linda Baker
       Director, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention

Gary Brunk
       President and CEO, Kansas Action for Children

Margaret Burchinal
       Senior Scientist, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina

Mary Carrasco
       Director International and Community Health, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Rebecca Collins
       Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Josť Cordero
       Dean, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico

Elaine Cunningham
       Tax and Benefit Outreach Director, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota

Janet Currie
       Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Deborah Daro
       Research Fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago

Andrew Dick
       Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

Lisa Dubay
       Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Diane Early
       Research Associate, Clinical and Social Psychology Department, University of Rochester

Donna Folkemer
       Group Director, Forum for State Health Policy Leadership, National Conference of State Legislatures

Garth Graham
       Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services

J. Paige Greene
       Executive Director, Richland County CASA, South Carolina

Pete Hershberger
       Arizona State Representative, Arizona House of Representatives

Carol Hogue
       Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology, Director, Women's and Children's Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Ryan Johnson
       Outreach Specialist, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota

John Love
       Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Jens Ludwig
       McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy, University of Chicago

Elizabeth McGlynn
       Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research; Former Associate Director for RAND Health, RAND Corporation

Elba Montalvo
       Executive Director, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.

Michael Rich
       Founder and Director, Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston

Steve Roling
       President and CEO, The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Roberta Schomburg
       Professor of Education, Carlow University, Pittsburgh

Gail Zellman
       Senior Research Psychologist, RAND Corporation