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Welcome to the PACE research lab!

The PACE lab seeks to use tools used in program evaluation to improve the mental health and well-being outcomes of children and families, particularly those with child welfare involvement. Some of the research questions the PACE lab has sought or is currently seeking to answer are:


For children receiving community-based wraparound services, which variables are associated with positive changes in their depressive and antisocial symptoms/behaviors?


When we engage the extended family of children entering the child welfare system to be a supportive resource, does this improve children’s mental health and well-being outcomes?


For youth coming from dysfunctional homes, how does kinship support buffer against the negative effects of child maltreatment on youth’s psychosocial adjustment?

  • For a recent webinar on this topic from Dr. Leon, click here

Does in-person visitation with incarcerated fathers impact the behavioral adjustment of youth in foster care? 

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