Nadine M Finigan-Carr, Ph.D., is a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems, especially those which disproportionately affect people of color. Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods found primarily in the field of health behavior change among individuals and the environments. More specifically, she has focused on adolescent risk behaviors and their determinants.
Dr. Finigan-Carr began her career as a classroom teacher where she quickly realized that teaching was more than being aware of the educational needs of her students but also involved considering the physical and mental health needs. Currently, Dr. Finigan-Carr is the Director of Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative (PARI), and the Assistant Director for the Ruth Young Center for Families and Children. In this position she has research projects at both the state and federal levels designed to intervene with system involved youth – those in foster care or the juvenile justice system, for example. These youth have a double vulnerability – adolescence, a critical stage marked by increased risk for negative social and behavioral outcomes including aggression and sexual risk behaviors; and, being removed from their families of origin.
Rochon Steward, MSW is currently serving as the Program Manager for the Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative (PARI) at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. As Program Manager, Ms. Steward’s responsible for the operational oversight of PARI’s three federal grants to ensure programmatic goals of PARI are met. Aside from her duties as Program Manager, Rochon is also a Lead Clinical Research Specialist at the School of Social Work. In this role, Rochon collaborate with various evaluation teams to design and implement program evaluation activities for several federal grants, including serving as the Coordinator for the Baltimore Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative for Out-of-Home Youth. Ms. Steward has extensive experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data, and recently received advanced training in mixed methods research through the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2017. Rochon also leads the cost sub-study for the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative. Ms. Steward’s prior experience includes providing technical assistance to child welfare systems focusing on organizational and practice change. Since her early career in human services, Rochon has continued to focus her interests in family well-being and improving social capital through program and policy development.
Amelia Rubenstein, MSW, LCSW-C is the Clinical Research Specialist for the Child Sex Trafficking Victims Initiative (CSTVI) and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. In implementing CSTVI, Amelia is dedicated to assist the state’s child-serving agencies to address the issue of sex trafficking among system-involved youth. Ms. Rubenstein previously oversaw the Anti-Trafficking Program at TurnAround, Inc., a victim services non-profit in Baltimore where she provided clinical services to survivors of human trafficking. Amelia’s clinical work and research on the issue of trafficking stemmed from her background in child welfare and gender-based violence. Ms. Rubenstein received her Bachelors of Social Work from Skidmore College and a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in public policy and reproductive rights. Ms. Rubenstein received the Human Trafficking Award from Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2015 and citations from Governor Hogan in 2015 and 2017 for her efforts to fight trafficking.
Sharon Henry, MS, is a Clinical Research Specialist at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, with responsibility for program management in the Maryland Human Trafficking Initiative, including planning an annual conference on child trafficking in Maryland, training child welfare workers across the state on human trafficking policy and services, and conducting evaluation research. With a BA and MS in Criminal Justice from University of Baltimore, Ms. Henry was previously a Clinical Research Assistant at the Maryland Department of Human Services, conducting child welfare research, data collection and data analysis. Toward the goal of ending human trafficking, she has also served with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, and volunteered for Araminta Freedom Initiative and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST).