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Early Childhood Services Research Program

Our Team

Faculty

Anne Duggan

Anne Duggan

Anne Duggan, ScD, is a professor of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Health Policy and Management, and Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She works with public and private agencies at all levels – national, state, and local – in research to strengthen services for young families to achieve health equity of children and parents by addressing individual and social determinants of health, family functioning, and parenting. Much of her work focuses on early home visiting. She launched statewide evaluations of Hawaii, Maryland and New Jersey and served as co-principal investigator of the national evaluation of the federal scale up of evidence-based home visiting, taking the lead on its implementation study. She is founding director of the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC). HARC is a national research and development platform whose members represent all key home visiting stakeholder groups. HARC’s role is to shift the home visiting research paradigm to answer the question, what works best, for which families, in which contexts, why and how?  The goal is to broaden and strengthen home visiting impacts through greater precision, using a standard framework and language to promote cross-study, cross-model learning.
 



Cynthia Minkovitz

Cynthia Minkovitz

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, is the William H. Gates, Sr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on enhancing the quality of preventive services for children and understanding the impact of systems reforms on the health and well-being of children and families. She co-led efforts with Anne Duggan to develop a framework to promote coordination in the early childhood system, and currently partners with key stakeholders as part of the Maryland Pritzker Prenatal to Three initiative and New Jersey’s Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five. Dr. Minkovitz serves on the Leadership Team for the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) and is also a HARC Council member. She has co-led multiple national and state evaluations in the US including Healthy Steps for Young Children, the Dyson Community Pediatrics Training Initiative, and New Jersey Project LAUNCH.
 



Lori Burrell

Lori Burrell

Lori Burrell, MA, LSW, is a Research Associate in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has worked with the Early Childhood Services Research team since 1998.  She currently supports the team on projects for the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) to advance the field of precision home visiting. Previously she was a lead team member in randomized trials of statewide home visiting programs in Hawaii and Alaska. She also led MIECHV evaluation activities in New Jersey and directed the efforts to acquire and analyze state child abuse and neglect data across 12 states participating in the legislatively-mandated, Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE). Lori holds a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from Towson University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
 



Anne Lilly

Anne Lilly

Anne Lilly, MSPH, is a research associate on the Early Childhood Services Research Team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this role, Anne leads the team’s New Jersey projects which include evaluating MIECHV home visiting programs and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiative and providing continuous quality improvement (CQI) technical assistance to various programs in NJ’s early childhood system of care. From 2017-2019, Anne led the team’s randomized control trial of a coaching intervention to enhance goal planning in New Jersey Home Visiting programs. From 2015-2017, Anne managed the team’s evaluation of the Child and Family Nurse Program. Anne received her Master’s in the Science of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. In prior roles, she served as a Teacher Trainer and Health Educator with Peace Corps South Africa and as a Program Evaluator with Baltimore City Public Schools.



Kay O’Neill

Kay O'Neill

Kay O’Neill, MSPH, is a research associate in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has six years of experience working with Dr. Anne Duggan in home visiting research. Kay currently serves as the coordinator of HARC, the Home Visiting Research and Development Platform. She has also coordinated several state evaluations and a randomized controlled trial of a brief parenting intervention in Georgia. Kay holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


 



Allison West

Allison West

Allison West, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Dr. West’s research interests focus on the health and wellbeing of expectant families and families with young children facing multiple, complex adversities. She has a particular interest in dual generation home-based service delivery strategies. Her work is highly applied and incorporates intervention and evaluation research methods to assess program fidelity, test effects of programs and program enhancements on outcomes, and deepen understanding of causal pathways. Dr. West’s research is highly interdisciplinary and crosses multiple sectors within early childhood systems – health, education, and social services. She is the Principal Investigator or co-investigator for several studies addressing Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) with highly stressed families, such as families headed by parents with substance use disorders or intellectual disabilities. She is also principal investigator on national studies that aim to strengthen home visitor communication skills and workforce wellbeing. Dr. West serves on the leadership team of the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC). She obtained her Master’s degree and PhD in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 


Staff 

Alexis Campbell

Alexis Campbell

Alexis Campbell, MSPH, is a Senior Research Program Coordinator in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Alexis works on Maryland’s Pritzker Prenatal to Three Initiative and New Jersey’s Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five. She received her Master of Science in Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


 



Alexandra Cirillo Lilli

Alexandra Cirillo Lilli

Alexandra Cirillo Lilli, MPH, is a senior research data analyst in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She works on the New Jersey Home Visiting Evaluation managing data and conducting analysis to contribute to the project’s continuous quality improvement and evaluation activities. Alex previously worked on the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) study analyzing survey and child welfare data to inform the study’s final reports. She is an AmeriCorps alumna and holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

 



Jane Daniels

Jane Daniels

Jane Daniels, PA, MPH, is a senior research program coordinator in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She has worked with Dr. Anne Duggan and Dr. Allison West in the field of home visiting research for the past 5 years on a variety of projects related to the evaluation of Maryland’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Jane received her dual Physician Assistant certification and Master of Public Health from George Washington University. Her previous experiences range from emergency room medicine to event planning.

 



Patricia Madariaga-Villegas

Patricia Madariaga-Villegas

Patricia Madariaga-Villegas, MA, is an anthropologist who works as a research coordinator in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, specializes in qualitative and mixed research methods, and has participated in several research projects on early childhood interventions since she joined the department in 2016.

 



Constance Mercer


Constance Mercer is a research program coordinator in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked on home visiting research with Dr. Anne Duggan for over ten years.  During that time, Constance has worked on several home visiting research studies, including Baltimore Success By 6, New Jersey Project LAUNCH, and Evaluation of First Steps Georgia.  Constance holds an MS in Human Services Administration and a BS Early Childhood Education.
 



Liza Mohamed


Liza Mohamed is a senior grants and contracts analyst in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
 



Kyle O’Mara

Kyle O'Mara

Kyle O’Mara, MPH, is a research data analyst in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. He works on the New Jersey Home Visiting Evaluation managing and analyzing data to support the team’s quality improvement and evaluation efforts. For 5 years, he worked as a Nutrition Counselor and Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before joining the team at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Temple University and a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University.

 



Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor, MSPH, is a research data analyst in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently works on projects for the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC). She holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science from American University.
 



Ciara Zagaja

Ciara Zagaja

Ciara Zagaja, MPH, is a senior research program coordinator in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has worked with the team since 2018. She currently works on projects for the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) to advance the field of precision home visiting. She previously coordinated the Cross-Model Precision Prenatal Home Visiting Project and the evaluation of the Maryland Goal Plan Strategy (GPS) Innovations project. Ciara holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
 



Student Interns

  • Diane Chute – MSPH Candidate '22
  • Leeya Correll – PhD Candidate
  • Kelsey Williams  – MSPH Candidate '22