Staff

  • Miriam Landsman
    Executive Director

    MIRIAM LANDSMAN, M.S.W., Ph.D., is Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Dr. Landsman’s primary areas of research are family centered approaches to child welfare practice and the child welfare workforce.  Current projects include a study of a federally funded supportive housing and child welfare initiative and a statewide study of family support professionals. 

    Email: miriam-landsman@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4934
    Office: 100 MTP4 Room 138, Iowa City
  • Brad Richardson
    Research Director/Adjunct Assoc. Professor

    BRAD RICHARDSON, Ph.D., is Research Scientist/Engineer & Adjunct Associate Professor in The University of Iowa School of Social Work. As Research Director of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice he also serves as co-Director of the Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation and is Coordinator of the DMC Resource Center and Minority Youth and Families Initiative. Dr. Richardson’s areas of expertise include research methods and statistics, social psychology, social network analysis; law, deviance and control, outcome measurement and evidence based case management tools including the Family Development Matrix and the Life Skills Progression: Outcome and Intervention Planning Instrument for Use with Families at Risk. He has written extensively on racial and ethnic disparities and is currently working on research and evaluation to improve service systems for children, youth and families including public health programs, the mental health system and educational systems. Dr. Richardson also conducts research on substance use disorders, aging and cancer, and is currently the immediate past chair of the American Public Health Association's Cancer Forum. 

    Email: brad-richardson@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 515-235-4005; cell 515-771-3589
    Office: Des Moines 1200 Grand Ave.; Iowa City 100 MTP4 Room 162
  • Training Director

    LISA D'AUNNO, J.D., is Director of Training and Adjunct Associate Professor.  Lisa has 31 years of experience as a child welfare attorney, clinical professor of law, trainer, technical assistance consultant and social work program administrator in Iowa, Michigan and Illinois. Lisa recently directed the National Resource Center for In-Home Services. Lisa’s training expertise includes ethics, supervision, law and liability, family team facilitation, and child welfare services. 

    Email: lisa-daunno@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4932
  • Debbie Black
    Administrative Services Specialist

    DEBBIE BLACK is Office Manager at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. Ms. Black has been at the Resource Center for 25 years and works on a wide range of projects, in addition to managing office staff and serving as fiscal manager for the Center. She also edits and produces The Prevention Report, and formats and publishes Center reports, documents and curricula. Her duties include the submission of financial and human resource data, and management of training materials.

    Email: debbie-black@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4971
    Office: 100 MTP4 Room 156
  • Anne Abbott
    Program Director, Public Health Evaluation

    ANNE ABBOTT , MPP is a Program Director at the National Resource Center in the Center for Public Health Evaluation  . Her work focuses on child, family, and adolescent health and evaluation capacity building. Previously Ms. Abbott worked in policy and advocacy for child and youth-serving organizations and focused on expanding quality youth workforce development and educational programming options for ages 16-24 in the District of Columbia. She is currently pursuing her PhD Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health with a concentration in Health Communication. She earned a Masters in Public Policy with concentration in Social Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

    Email: Anne-abbott@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4935
    Office: 100 MTP4, Room 162 Iowa City, 52242
  • Research Associate

    Sydney Tylke is a Research Associate at the National Resource Center in The Center for Public Health Evaluation and Research. Her work focuses on chronic diseases, child and family health, obesity, and evaluation capacity building. She is currently pursuing her degree in Masters of Science in Applied Psychology. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis on Psychology and Religious Studies.

    Email: sydney-tylke@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4931
    Office: 100 MTP4, Room 150 Iowa City, IA 52242
  • Stephanie Besch
    Research Associate

    As Program Coordinator at the NRC, Steph is the local site coordinator for the Safe Babies Court Team in Polk County, Iowa, a demonstration site for the Infant and Toddler Court Team program of Zero to Three funded by the Health Resources Services Administration. Ms. Besch also coordinates training, technical assistance, evaluation, and research for the Life Skills Progression (LSP) National Center where she works with programs throughout the U.S. that use the LSP and contributes to other NRC projects conducting interviews, analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting to various audiences. Before joining the NRC Steph was a social worker at the Iowa Department of Human Services in child protection and treatment, served as an Infant and Toddler Specialist at Drake University Head Start; and was an early childhood teacher at The House of Mercy residential treatment program. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University.   

    Email: stephanie-besch@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 515-235-4661
    Office: 1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321