Program Development Advisory Committee Members

Elizabeth Cauffman is a Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the School of Law. Dr. Cauffman received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University. At the broadest level, Dr. Cauffman’s research addresses the intersect between adolescent development and juvenile justice. She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, and juvenile justice. Most recently, findings from Dr. Cauffman’s research were incorporated into the American Psychological Association’s amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons, which abolished the juvenile death penalty, and in both Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama, which placed limits on the use of life without parole as a sentence for juveniles. As part of her larger efforts to help research inform practice and policy, she served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice and currently directs the Center for Psychology & Law at UCI. To learn more about her research, please visit her Development, Disorder, and Delinquency lab website.

Anthony Petrosino, Director of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, specializes in social policy research, with an emphasis in program and policy evaluation and research synthesis. He is also Project Director/Senior Research Scientist in the Learning Innovations Program at WestEd, and Senior Research Fellow at the George Mason University Center for Evidence-based Crime Policy. Petrosino’s extensive background and training in topics such as school safety, juvenile and adult criminal justice, and violence and other prevention efforts help to expand WestEd’s work in these areas. He co-directs seven federally funded research studies, including five randomized controlled trials, for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Petrosino has a long history of conducting research syntheses. Prior to joining WestEd, he helped develop the Campbell Collaboration (C2), an organization that conducts reviews of research on the effects of social interventions. For example, he led the C2’s pilot review (on the “Scared Straight” delinquency prevention program), and his paper based on that analysis won the Pro Humanitate Literary Award from the North American Child Welfare Resource Center in 2003. Petrosino was the Founding Coordinator for C2’s Crime & Justice Group, receiving a Distinguished Service Award for his service. He has published over 150 juried articles, book chapters, and other publications, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Petrosino received WestEd’s Paul D. Hood Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field, and was named Honorary Fellow by the Academy of Experimental Criminology.

Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Adjunct Professor Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice, and Governance, Griffith University, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis, and was Co-Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology from 2008 to 2013. Prior to arriving at UT-Dallas, he was on the faculties of Florida State University, University of Maryland, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Temple University. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of criminal careers, crime prevention, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods, and has collaborated on several books including Key Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with David P. Farrington and Alfred Blumstein) and Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (Springer, co-edited by David Weisburd).

His work has been cited over 23,000 times (h-index=85) and he has been ranked as the #1 criminologist in the world since 1996 in terms of scholarly publications in elite criminology/criminal justice journals. In addition to his membership on over a dozen editorial boards of journals in criminology and sociology, he has also served as Executive Counselor with the American Society of Criminology, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel Evaluating the National Institute of Justice, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on A Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics, Member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network at Ohio State University, and Member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice.

Professor Piquero has given congressional testimony on evidence-based crime prevention practices in the area of early-family/parent training programs, and has provided counsel and support to several local, state, national, and international criminal justice agencies, including various police and correctional agencies. In 2015, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board. Professor Piquero is past recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Young Scholar (2002) and E-Mail Mentor of the Year (2005) Awards, Fellow of both the American Society of Criminology (2011) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2011), recipient of the Western Society of Criminology President’s Award (2017), and has also received numerous teaching awards including the University of Florida’s College of Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award (2004), the University of Maryland’s Top Terp Teaching Award (2008), the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2014), as well as the University of Texas at Dallas Diversity Award.

Professor Piquero has served on a large number of departmental, school, college, and University committees, including most recently Co-Chair of the UT-Dallas Committee on Qualifications (i.e., University tenure and promotion committee). In August 2015, he was selected by UT-Dallas President Wildenthal to serve on the UT System Working Group for Concealed Carry and he is organizing the UT-Dallas implementation of the new Campus Carry Bill. His research has been featured in several television and newspapers including: The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and the Dallas Morning News.

Alisha R. Pollastri, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Evaluation at Think:Kids. For the last decade, Dr. Pollastri’s research has focused on the identification of neurobiological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to disruptive behaviors, particularly in children. At Think:Kids, Dr. Pollastri is responsible for evaluating how, and for whom, Collaborative Problem Solving works best. Through the analysis of data collected in our clinic and in our partner schools and agencies, Dr. Pollastri strives to promote a clearer understanding of challenging kids and to improve child outcomes.

Dr. Pollastri earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University, and completed a clinical internship in community and school-based mental health at South Shore Mental Health Inc. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Tim Goldsmith has been a member of the Youth Villages executive staff since 1989. As the chief clinical officer, he provides leadership and supervision in the development and implementation of all clinical models and interventions. Dr. Goldsmith has direct responsibility for the clinical, research and evaluation, placement services and performance improvement and compliance departments.

He has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of evidence-based programs at Youth Villages, including trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, Multisystemic Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and other outcome-based strategies. Dr. Goldsmith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Lambuth College and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California. He has served a gubernatorial appointment to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, been a member of the national advisory council of the Children in Managed Care Initiative of the Center for Healthcare Strategies (funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation), and has served as an advisor board member for MST Services.

His professional publications include the Children’s Mental Health and Research Policy conference, Blueprints Conference, Florida Child Welfare conference and the Alliance for Children and Families conference.

Kristin Landers, M.A., LMFT is the Clinical Director of Partner Operations for Youth Villages. Prior to this position, she served as Clinical Program Manager for the YVLifeSet program serving youth age 17 – 22 who are aging out of the child welfare or juvenile justice system or who otherwise find themselves without the necessary skills to make a successful transition to adulthood. She developed the program model, which specifies principles, practice elements, interventions, and outcomes; she also created and implements the model fidelity measurement system that provides a comprehensive review of program functioning from multiple perspectives. She oversees the implementation of the clinical model, which features structured supervision and consultation with model experts; she led the team that selects, trains, and monitors the work of the clinical consultants, who are all licensed clinicians as well as experts in the YVLifeSet model.

She is responsible for ongoing development of the model through the identification of new evidence-based or research-informed practices for the population and the translation of those interventions into practice. The YVLifeSet Program was the subject of the largest clinical trial to date to test the impact of services for this population and remains one of the only programs to demonstrate multiple positive impacts. As a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, her work with victims of domestic violence, opportunity youth, and families with multiple challenges has informed her search for the most effective interventions to ensure long-term success for young people.

Drew Mangrum, MDiv, LMFT is the Clinical Program Manager for the YVLifeSet program. In this position, he oversees the program practice and fidelity adherence in the seven states where YVLifeSet is serving to help young adults successfully reach their interdependent living goals. He is responsible for the program model reviews that ensure that instrumental and long term outcomes are achieved by effective implementation of interventions along multiple domains of practice.

He is responsible for the ongoing development of the licensed clinical consultants who monitor progress and quality of service provided in the YVLifeSet program. Prior to this position, he served as a licensed consultant for community based programs, providing clinical oversight, development, and support to direct care staff and has over 20 years of experience in the field. Outside of Youth Villages, he serves as associate pastor at his church, providing mentorship and pastoral care for youth, young adults, and their families in his community.