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SSWN Researcher-in-Residence (RIR)

Dr. Brandy Maynard

Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University

9 Questions With Dr. MaynardSome of her selected research (hand-picked by Dr. Maynard)

We are excited to announce our Inaugural Researcher-in-Residence (RIR) feature as part of SSWN. This will be a regular feature of our site, where we focus on the work of researchers working in school contexts. Our first RIR is someone I’ve known since she was a PhD student at Loyola (full disclosure:  I was also on her dissertation committee), Dr. Brandy Maynard.  Since graduating with her PhD, Brandy has become a very busy and prolific researcher, bringing her practice wisdom to a variety of evidence-based practice (EBP) research projects, most recently becoming the Co-Chair and Editor of the Social Welfare Coordinating Group for the Campbell Collaboration.

For this month’s RIR, we asked Dr. Maynard to participate in a variety of ways, including

•Answering 9 Questions related to her work and background as part of our “9 Questions” feature.

•Sharing 3 of her most important research contributions, featured here:

Kremer-2015-Effects of ASP on externalizing and attendance

(A research summary of a Campbell Collaboration systematic review and meta-analysis showing the impacts of after-school programs on key youth outcomes)


(A Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review on school refusal interventions)

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(Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review showing the mixed outcomes of school-based mindfulness programs, and winner of the 2016 Leonard E. Gibbs Award for Excellence at the 2017 GESSummit in South Africa)

•And finally, participating in a live Twitter or Facebook chat with SSWN readers (date TBD, sometime in late January 2018)

We are grateful to Dr. Maynard for joining us, and are excited to share her excellent work with all of you.

About Dr. Maynard:  Dr. Brandy R. Maynard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University and Co-Chair and Editor of the Social Welfare Coordinating Group (SWCG) with the Campbell Collaboration. Brandy earned her Master in Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in December 1995 and is a Licensed Master Social Worker with over ten years post-Master’s clinical and administrative experience in child welfare, juvenile justice, school social work and mental health. After 11 years as a social worker,  Brandy decided to pursue her doctorate in social work and earned her PhD from Loyola University Chicago in December 2010. Brandy’s research focuses on three core areas: 1) The etiology, prevention and intervention of externalizing behaviors, mental health and educational risk among disadvantaged populations; 2) The critical examination of the social work discipline and the production, use, and impact of social work research for practice and policy (i.e., evidence-based practice and translational science); and 3) The rigorous synthesis of research to better understand the effects of interventions, advance prevention and intervention efforts, and improve the use of evidence to inform practice and policy decisions.

Upcoming Researchers-In-Residence

Dr. Michael Lindsey, Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies, New York University Silver School of Social Work

Dr. Cynthia Franklin, Associate Dean for Doctoral Education and Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health

Dr. Ruth Berkowitz, Assistant Professor, University of Haifa School of Social Work

Dr. Kelly Whitaker, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Washington SMART Center

Dr. Kate Wegmann, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Champaign

Dr. Natasha Bowen, Professor, School of Social Work, and Associate Director; Research Methodology Center, College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University

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