Completed Projects

Child Care Provider Well-being: Relationship
Between Mental Health and Work

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dnika Travis
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Monica Faulkner
Sponsor: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to examine child care providers’ help seeking behaviors and barriers to mental health treatment.

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Early Childhood Workforce Professional Study

Principal Investigators: Dr. Monica Faulkner, Dr. Dnika Travis, & Dr. Daniel Schroeder
Sponsor: Texas Early Learning Council (TELC)
Purpose: To conduct a survey to provide reliable and current estimates of compensation and retention rates of child care workers in Texas.

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Institute of Higher Education Capacity and Effectiveness Survey

Principal Investigators: Heath Price (RMC)
Sponsor: Texas Early Learning Council (TELC)
Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of Texas’s institutes of higher education’s (IHE) capacity to successfully educate the early childhood workforce. Data was be collected from administrators at IHEs and from teachers and care providers with degrees or certifications from these IHEs during both on-line and telephone interviews.

Medical Examinations Project

Principal Investigator: Dr. Monica Faulkner
Sponsor: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc.
Purpose: To conduct a mixed methods project to examine the low rates of medical exams for child abuse victims. CACTX will administer a comprehensive review of current practices regarding child abuse medical evaluations. These data will indicate the areas for improvement in the forensic process and identify strategies to increase access to quality care for child maltreatment victims.

Texas Trio Project

Principal Investigators: Dr. Monica Faulkner & Dr. Beth Gerlach
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Purpose:  To conduct a process evaluation, data sharing recommendations, training and technical assistance and a survey of school district foster care liaisons.  The Texas Trio Project will develop a state plan and protocol for education and foster care collaborations as well as implement a demonstration project in HISD. The project will strengthen court, education and child welfare connections to improve educational outcomes for foster youth.