Publications & Grants
Best, Corey, Cooley, Morgan E., Colvin, Marianna L. , Crichlow, Vaughn , Keller, Kraig, Navarro, Yaritza (in press). Authentic family engagement and strengthening: A promising family-centered approach for achieving racial justice with families involved with the child protection system. Child Welfare. 1-26.
Colvin, M ., Thompson, H. M., & Cooley, M. E . (2021). The ‘cost’ of collaborating and other challenges in inter-organizational child welfare practice: A mixed-methods analysis. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 15(5), 617-651. https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2020.1778597
Cooley, M. E. , Thompson, H. M ., Wojciak, A. S., Mihalec-Adkins, B. (2021). Parental monitoring by foster parents, youth behaviors, and the youth-foster parent relationship. Child & Family Social Work. Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12844
Howard, H. & Colvin, M. (2021). Women in the waves: Learning from mothers in recovery through photovoice. Child Welfare Journal, 99(1), 25-68. https://go.gale.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA675461418&sid=googleScholar&v=2.1&it=r&linkaccess=abs&issn=00094021&p=AONE&sw=w&userGroupName=anon%7E39c492ad
Rogerson, C., Prescott, D., & Howard, H. (2021). Teaching social work students the influence of explicit and implicit bias: Promoting ethical reflection in practice, Social Work Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2021.1910652
Syvertsen, J. L., Toneff, H., Howard, H. , Spadola, C ., Madden, D., & Clapp, J. (2021). Conceptualizing stigma in contexts of pregnancy and opioid misuse: A qualitative study with women and healthcare providers in Ohio. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108677
Thompson, H. M , Colvin, M. L. , Cooley, M. E. , & Womack, B. (2021). Factors predicting service referrals for youth in the child welfare system. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-021-00760-1
Colvin, M. L. & Miller, S. E. (2020). The role of complexity theory and network analysis for understanding child welfare service delivery systems. Child & Youth Services, 41(2), 160-183. https://doi.org/10.1080/0145935X.2019.1707076
Colvin, M. L., & Thompson, H. M. (2020). Exploring the experiences of child welfare-focused therapeutic service providers. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 47, 86-101. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-019-09654-8
Cooley, M. E., Womack, B., ϮRush, J., & Slinskey, K. (2020). Adverse childhood experiences among foster parents: Prevalence and association with resilience, coping, satisfaction as a foster parent, and intent to continue fostering. Children and Youth Services Review, 109, 104679. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104679
Cooley, M. E., & Mihalec-Adkins, B. P., & Womack, B. (2020). Relational risk and protective factors for school engagement among adolescents in foster care: Child behaviors, peer relationships, and relationship with foster parent. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1177/1063426620945686
Cooley, M. E., & Petren, R. E. (2020). A qualitative examination of coparenting among foster parent dyads. Children and Youth Services Review, 110, 104776. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104776
Mihalec-Adkins, B. P., & Cooley, M. E . (2020). Individual-level risk and protective factors for school engagement among adolescents in foster care: Behaviors, self-esteem, and social skills. Child & Family Social Work, 25, 256-266. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12681
Cooley, M. E ., Newquist, J., Thompson, H. M., & Colvin, M. (2019). A systematic review of foster parent preservice training. Children and Youth Services Review, 107, Article 104552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104552
Cooley, M. E. , Thompson, H. M., & +Newell, E. (2019). Examining the influence of social support on the relationship between child behavior problems and foster parent challenges. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48, 289-303. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-018-9478-6
Cooley, M. E., Thompson, H. M., & Colvin, M. L. (2019). A qualitative examination of recruitment and motivation to become a guardian ad litem in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 99, 115-124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.031
Howard, H. & Freeman K. (2019). U.S. survey of shared decision making use. In: M. Garets, S. Archer, C. Kitchens, G. Cochran, & A. J. Gordon, The 2019 addiction health services research conference: Insights, review, and abstracts. Substance Abuse, 40(4), 469–472. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2019.1688221
Howard, H. G. & Guastaferro, W. (2019). Mothers with opioid use disorder: Moving toward justice, wellness, and engagement. Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 32(1), 29–51. https://cdn.ymaws.com/aaml.org/resource/collection/52E2F025-4275-4FEC-ACDD-6AADA46E6951/MotherswithOpioidUseDisorder.pdf
Howard, H. G. , Freeman, K. & Clark, K. (2019). U.S. survey of shared decision making use for treating pregnant women presenting with opioid use disorder. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(13), 2241–2250. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1644524
Howard, H. G . & Freeman, K. (2019). U.S. survey of factors associated with adherence to standard of care in treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, June 27, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2019.1634048
Cooley, M. E
, Segress, M., Niu, C., Bowman, K., & Fletcher, J. (2019). Virtual support groups among adoptive parents: Ideal for information seeking? Journal of Technology in Human Services, 37, 347-361.
Miller, J., Cooley, M. E . , Segress, M., Niu, C., Bowman, K., Fletcher, J., & Littrell, L. (2019). Support, information seeking, and homophily in a virtual support group for adoptive parents: Impact on perceived empathy. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 151-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.03.047
Thompson, H. M. , Stevenson Wojciak, A., & Cooley, M. E . (2019). Family-based approach to the child welfare system: An integration of Bowen Family Theory concepts. Journal of Family Social Work, 22, 231-252. https://doi.org/10.1080/10522158.2019.1584776
Colvin, M. L. & Miller, S. E. (2018). Serving clients and the community better: A mixed-methods analysis of the benefits experienced when organizations collaborate in child welfare practice. Child & Family Social Work, 23(4), 666-675. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12462
Colvin, M. L., Thompson, H. M ., & Miller, S. E. (2018). Comparing child maltreatment prevention and service delivery at the community-level of practice: A mixed-methods network analysis. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 42, 327-344. https://doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2017.1392389
Cooley, M. E. , Thompson, H. M., Murray, H., & Rodriguez, J.E. (2018). Health outcomes of medically and economically vulnerable adults: A comparison of former foster youth and non-foster youth. Family & Community Health, 41,159-167. https://doi.org/10.1097/FCH.0000000000000190
Howard, H. , & Hibbert, T. (2018). Shame to resilience: Trauma-informed perspectives on maternal substance use. Journal of Concurrent Disorders, 1(1), 53–74.
Howard, H. , & Navega, N. (2018). Pivotal events: “I’m not a normal person anymore”—Understanding the impact of stress among helping professionals. Best Practice in Mental Health, 14(2), 32–47. https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/follmer/bpmh/2018/00000014/00000002/art00006
Howard, H. G. (2018). Streams to ocean: Bridging the micro/macro divide. In D. Bailey, & M. Emmerson (Eds.) Interconnections of micro and macro practice-sharing experiences of the real world [Special issue]. Reflections: Narrative of Professional Helping, 24(1), 65–71. https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/1522
Thompson, H. M ., Stevenson Wojciak, A., & Cooley, M. E . (2018). The experience with independent living services for youth in care and those formerly in care. Children and Youth Services Review, 84, 17-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.11.012
Thompson, H. M. & Colvin, M. L. (2018). Perceived training needs of therapeutic service providers in their work with families in the child welfare system. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 35(1), 57-71. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-017-0506-4
Colvin, M. L. (2017). Mapping the inter-organizational landscape of child maltreatment prevention and service delivery: A network analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 352-359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.003
Cooley, M.E ., Thompson, H. M ., & Stevenson Wojciak, A. (2017). Risk, resilience, and complexity: Experiences of foster parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 76, 34-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.02.030
Howard, H. & Clark, K. (2017). Interprofessional-shared decision making for pregnant women with opioid use: Results from a provider training. Current Women’s Health Reviews, 13(2), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.2174/1573404813666170511115024
Howard, H. (2017). Interpretative phenomenological analysis: Making meaning of the care decision-making experience of pregnant opioid-dependent women. Sage Research Methods Cases Part 2, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781526423375
Randolph, K., & Thompson, H. M. (2017). A systematic review of interventions to improve post-secondary educational outcomes among foster care alumni. Children & Youth Services Review, 79, 602 -611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.07.013
Thompson, H. M. , Stevenson Wojciak, A., & Cooley, M. E. (2017). Through their lens: Case managers’ experiences of the child welfare system. Qualitative Social Work, 16, 411-429. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325015619667
Wojciak, A.S., Thompson, H. M. , & Cooley, M. E. (2017). The relationship between caregivers and youths in foster care: Examining the relationship for mediation and moderation effects on youths behaviors. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 25, 96-106. https://doi.org/10.1177/1063426616628816
2016 and Older
Thompson, H. M., Stevenson Wojciak, A., & Cooley, M. E. (2016). Self-esteem: A mediator between peer relationships and behaviors of adolescents in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 66, 109-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.05.003
Howard, H . (2015). Experiences of opioid dependent women in their prenatal and postpartum care: Implications for social workers in health care. Social Work in Health Care, 55(1), 61–85. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2015.1078427
Cooley, M. E. , Veldorale-Brogan, A., Petren, R. E., & Mullis, A. K. (2014). Parent-child interaction therapy: A meta-analysis of child behavior outcomes and parent stress. Journal of Family Social Work, 17, 191-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/10522158.2014.888696
Cooley, M. E. (PI), Thompson, H. M., (Co-I), Colvin, M. L. (Co-I), Howard, H. (Co-I). (2021-2022). A Mixed Methods Examination of Comfort Call Implementation in South Florida. Florida Institute for Child Welfare, Affiliate Award for Translational Research.
The purpose of this research is to examine the initial effectiveness and implementation of comfort calls in the Southeast region of Florida, as reported by birth parents, foster parent/kin/fictive kin caregivers, and child welfare professionals.
Howard, H. (PI). (2021-2022) Empowerment model for pregnant and early parenting women, Scaife Family Foundation.
This project entails the dissemination of a specialized program for Recovery Peer Support Specialist (RPSS) supporting pregnant and parenting women with substance use. The training will be a certified training for RPSS engaged in this work.
Colvin, M. L. (Co-PI), Cooley, M. E. (Co-PI), Thompson, H. M., (Co-I), Howard, H. (Co-I) & Significant Contributors: Carr, J , and McClellan, J. (2021-2022). A Platform for Social Action: Engaging and Supporting the Voice of Youth in Foster Care Receiving Independent Living Services. Florida Institute for Child Welfare.
This project applies a participatory action research design utilizing photovoice methodology to explore the experiences and perceptions of youth in foster care receiving independent living services. The research questions place emphasis on understanding youths’ (1) self-advocacy, (2) self-determination, and (3) connectedness to others. Participants are provided tools, a process, and a platform for communicating their experiences and are empowered as active co-researchers in identifying, analyzing, and telling their collective stories with documentary photography.
Howard, H. (PI) & Guastaferro, W.P. (Co-I). (2021-2022). Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). Sponsor: Palm Beach County Community Services Department and Board of Commissioners.
Howard,H. , (2020) Peer recovery peer support services for pregnant and early parenting women, 2020-2021, Scaife Family Foundation.
The project entailed the development of the empowerment model with women and children to reach their full potential and the support of women to break the intergenerational cycle of substance use. The empowerment model addressed the barriers that mothers with substance use experience and promoted the health and wellbeing of their children.
This project entails a FAU Subcontract with multi-agency Palm Beach county programs between Courts, State Attorney, Public Defender’s Office, Jail, Department of Children and Families, and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to measure the impact of recovery peer support services and housing stability with recovery and recidivism reduction.
Luck, G., Ferris, A., & Howard, H. (co-investigator). (2019-2020). Opioid epidemic response: Engage, educate, and empower. Department of Children and Families: Florida’s State Opioid Response Project.
This project entailed a Medical School Curriculum Development and Implementation of integrating substance use disorder prevention, screening, assessment, and intervention education throughout the curriculum and residency programs.
The purpose of this grant was the first stage to develop and conduct a pilot evaluation of two competency-based trainings for child welfare case managers and therapeutic service providers in the state of Florida to (a) improve mandated parent and child engagement in services and (b) strengthen coordination and collaborative capacity among frontline child welfare professionals.
This project involved curriculum development for the child welfare and behavioral health workforce in Florida. The aims for this project were to: 1) identify the overall scope and clear project objectives for curriculum development, pilot implementation, and evaluation; 2) define the curriculum design and strategy to be developed and implemented; and 3) determine the structure and cost of the methodology for creating the curriculum, as well as its pilot implementation, data analysis, revision, and full evaluation.
In September of 2015 the Florida Institute for Child Welfare (FICW) released a request for funding on research proposals that build collaborative research relationships between university partners and community-based agencies. This grant involved a community-based project in collaboration with a local mental and behavioral health agency to examine the needs and experiences of therapeutic service providers working with a child welfare client population.