An interdisciplinary approach 

Academic partnersThe IDEAS Consortium is desgined to take full advantage of linked, cross-agency data from a myriad of programs that affect child development. 

Researchers with diverse expertise, across academic disciplines, have begun to collaborate systematically to better understand and utilize data to effect change. 

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  • U-LINK / UM Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge

    The IDEAS Consortium has been supported by the Interdisciplinary Inquiry initiative under UM's Roadmap to Our New Century, which suppors teams of scholars from multiple disciplines in collaborative, problem-based inquiry to address the complex challenges of society.

    More information is available on the U-LINK website

  • UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities

    Dr. Lisa Stanley is Project Director for the national TECCS initiative (Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems), which is focused on promoting the health and well-being of young children at a local level. 

    Efren Aguilar is Director of Strategy and Development for the Center’s All Children Thrive initiative.

  • UF Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies

    Dr. Herman Knopf is a Senior Research Scientist at the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies and serves as Project Director on the Florida Sunshine Information Portal.

    Dr. Karla Shelnutt is Associate Professor at the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, for the Department of Life Sciences, Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science.

    Maya Schreiber, M.A., serves as a data management analyst for the Zucker Center and provides policy-related research and analyses related to the Sunshine Portal.

  • UM Department of Geography and Regional Studies

    Dr. Imelda Moise shares her knowledge on geographical analysis/targeting, and assist with community engagement, conceptualization and interpretability of findings involving impacts of place and social determinants on child outcomes.

    Christopher Hanson is an expert in mapping, GIS, and visualization of data who works with Dr. Moise on data displays related to the IDEAS Consortium and its community-based partners.  

  • UM Department of History

    Dr. Robin Bachin will share her expertise on affordable housing and urban resilience.

  • UM Department of Psychology

    Dr. Rebecca Shearer organized the IDEAS Consortium and helps to integrate preschool children’s individual data, census-tract indicators, early childhood program participation, and K-3 outcomes. She contributes expertise in child development, early childhood education, integrated data systems, and multilevel longitudinal modeling.

    Dr. Christine Delgado provides expertise on children with disabilities, sociodemographic and environmental risk factors, and data linkage methodology.

  • UM Institute for Data Science & Computing

    Christopher Mader will share his expertise on computational sciences, big data, data integration and software development. 

    Deepthi Puram works with the IDEAS Consortium to link large, complex data sets. 

  • UM Miller School of Medicine - Pediatrics

    Dr. Jeffrey Brosco will provide expertise on social determinants of health, early screening, population-based and public health models of prevention.

    Dr. Ruby Natale shares her expertise in early childhood systems of care within traditionally disenfranchised communities. 

  • Behavioral Science Research Institute

    Megan Hartman is the Associate Director of the Behavioral Science Research Institute and provides expertise in evaluation projects prioritizing community collaboration and social change. 

    Zafreen Jaffery is the Senior Evaluation Associate of the Behavioral Science Research Insitute supporting projects looking to improve access to education and healthcare with her experise in qualitative, mixed methos research and evaluation. 

    Julie Stellmann is an Evaluation Associate of the Behavioral Science Research Insitute providing support in the collection and analysis of qualitative data and project evaluation in both English and Spanish.


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