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 has research interests in substance misuse, aging and cancer and is currently the chair of the American Public Health Association's Cancer Forum. 

    Email: brad-richardson@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4924; 515-235-4005
    Office: 100 MTP4 Room 144
  • 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. 

    E-mail: lisa-daunno@uiowa.edu
    Phone:  319-335-4932

    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
    Research Specialist

    ANNE ABBOTT , MPP is a Research Specialist at the NRCFCP. Her work focuses on child, family, and adolescent health and evaluation capacity building. Previously Ms. Abbott worked in the policy and advocacy arena supporting child- and youth-serving organizations and expanding quality youth workforce development and educational programming options for youth ages 16-24 in the District of Columbia. She is currently working towards a Ph.D in Community and Behavioral Health with a concentration in Health Communication at the University of Iowa. She holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

    Email: Anne-abbott@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4935
    Office: 100 MTP4, RM 148, Iowa City
  • Tasha Wells, Administrative Services Coordinator
    Administrative Services Coordinator

    Since joining the NRC in 2010, Tasha has worked on a variety of projects for the NRC research division . Her largest project is the evaluation of Iowa's Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) project. She performs a variety of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation duties including training, interpretation,and  translation for this project. Prior to working at the NRC she worked for Creighton University and Wells Fargo.Tasha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Email: tasha-wells@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 515-235-4661
    Office: Iowa Center for Higher Education 2500 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Stephanie Besch
    Research Associate

    As a Research Associate at the NRC, Stephanie coordinates training, technical assistance, as well as, evaluation and research for the Life Skills Progression (LSP) Center. She works with programs throughout the U.S. that use the LSP and also contributes to other NRC projects. Before joining the NRC Stephanie held positions as a child welfare Social Worker for the Iowa Department of Human Services, an Infant and Toddler Specialist at Drake University Head Start; and as an Infant Teacher at The House of Mercy residential treatment program. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Science from Iowa State University in Child, Adult and Family Services.   

    Email: stephanie-besch@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 515-235-4661
    Office: Iowa Center for Higher Education Center 2500 Fleur Dr., Room 244, Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Rosamond Smith
    Research Associate

    As a Research Associate at the NRC, Roz's evaluation and research focuses on chronic disease prevention, child and adolescent health and community and behavioral health interventions. Roz previously served as Research Assistant at The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Prevention Research Center. She has conducted analysis and administered many program evaluation projects. She earned her B.S. in Neuroscience from Bucknell University, M.P.H. in Community and Behavioral Health and her Certificate in Biostatistics at The University of Iowa College of Public Health.

    Email: rosamond-smith@uiowa.edu
    Phone: 319-335-4939
    Office: 100 MTP4, RM 146, Iowa City