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Experts from across the country join the Activate collective to provide insights and guide resource development.

September 8, 2021

To guide our work, Activate partners with a Research Alliance (and a smaller Advisory Group) that includes 39 researchers, youth-supporting professionals who work in systems with youth, as well as youth. The Activate leadership team and larger Research Alliance form the collective of Activate.


Research Alliance Members

Lashon Amado
Opportunity Youth United

Elizabeth Aparicio, PhD
University of Maryland, School of Public Health

Sarah Axelson, MSW
Power to Decide

Barbara Ball, PhD
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Yorri Berry
National Network for Youth

Nathana Bird
Forward Together

Alida Bouris, PhD
University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Amandalyn Brunelle
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

Stephanie Campbell
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Sexual Health & Youth Development
National Network of Adolescent Health Coordinators

Tania Connaughton-Espino

Regina Davis Moss, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Christopher Drescher, PhD
Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia

Maria Duarte

Barbara Duffield
SchoolHouse Connection

Meghann Dygert
American Public Human Services Association

Monica Faulkner, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing, Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Stephanie Franklin

Rebecca Gudeman
National Center for Youth Law
Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth

Justin Harty
University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, & Practice

John Lewis
Urban Strategies

Beth Marshall, DrPH
Center for Adolescent Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Lisa Mishraky
Center for the Study of Social Policy

Mary Ott, MD
Indiana University

Jeanette Pai-Espinosa
National Crittenton Foundation

Eric Rice, PhD
University of Southern California

Harmony Rhoades, PhD

Bright Sarfo, PhD
MEF Associates

Jasmine Snell
Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition

Crystal Tyler, PhD
The University of Chicago, Ci3

Shakira Washington, PhD
National Crittenton Foundation

Azar Webb
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nia West Bey, PhD
Center for Law & Policy

Bianca Wilson, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

 (and others who have asked not to be recognized publicly on our website)

The Research Alliance provides essential insight and feedback to guide the curation, adaptation, and creation of Activate resources by participating in virtual meetings with small group activities and discussions.

In the first project year, we convened the Research Alliance and smaller Advisory Group in three meetings. In these meetings, Research Alliance members shared valuable information and guidance, as we updated our initial assessment findings and continue to shape Activate’s research-to-practice agenda.

Despite the challenges everyone has faced in this unprecedented year of quarantining and endless virtual meetings, Research Alliance members were committed to joining our efforts.

As we move forward in the implementation of our research-to-practice agenda, we look forward to continuing the conversation with the Research Alliance. One of the core strengths of Activate is the collective and its diverse and substantial expertise; the Research Alliance is a critical component of this collective.

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