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Piescher

Kristine Piescher

Director of Research and Evaluation, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Family Social Science
M.A., University of Minnesota, Family Social Science
B.A., University of Minnesota, Psychology

School of Social Work
Ctr for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
212 Peters Hall
1404 Gortner Ave
Tel: 612-625-8169

Areas of Interest

Child Welfare, Child and Family Well-Being, Sibling & Family Interactions, Integrated Data, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology

Biography

Kristine N. Piescher, Ph.D., holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Piescher serves as the Director for Research and Evaluation at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) where she manages a number of large-scale and locally-based research and evaluation projects including the Minn-LInK project. Minn-LInK integrates over a decade of statewide, administrative data from multiple agencies to answer questions about the effects of policies, programs, and practice on the well-being of children in Minnesota. Dr. Piescher’s research focuses on child well-being and educational success and stability for at-risk youth, child welfare workforce development and system change, housing and homelessness, interpersonal and sibling relationships, and utilizing cross-systems data for research and evaluation, with implications for practice and policy.

Selected Publications

  1. Griffiths, A., Royse, D., Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (in press). Preparing child welfare practitioners: Implications for education and training partnerships. Journal of Public Child Welfare [Special issue].

  2. Griffiths, A. G., Royse, D., Culver, K., Piescher, K., & Zhang, Y. (2017). Who stays, who goes, who knows? A state-wide survey of child welfare workers. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 110-117. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.04.012

  3. Horn, T., Piescher, K., Shannon, P., Hong, S., & Benton, A. (2017). Involvement of Somali and Oromo youth in Minnesota’s Child Protection System. Children and Youth Services Review, 79,10-19. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.022

  4. LaLiberte, T., Piescher, K., Mickelson, N., & Lee, M. (2017). Child protection services and parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities [Special issue]. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30, 521-532. doi: 10.1111/jar.12323

  5. Johnston-Goodstar, K., Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (2016). Critical Experiential Learning in the Native American Community for Title IV-E students: A pilot evaluation. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10, 310-326. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2016.1181021

  6. Kiesel, L., Piescher, K., & Edleson, J. (2016). Child Maltreatment, exposure to intimate partner violence, and academic performance [Special issue]. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10, 434-456. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2016.1209150

  7. Hall-Lande, J., Hewitt, A., Mishra, S., Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (2015). Involvement of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Child Protection System. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 30, 237-248. doi: 10.1177/1088357614539834

  8. Semanchin-Jones, A., LaLiberte, T., & Piescher, K. (2015). Defining and strengthening child well-being in child protection. Children and Youth Services Review, 54, 57-70. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.05.001

  9. Kovan, N., Susman-Stillman, A., Mishra, S., Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (2014). Differences in the early care and education needs of young children involved in child protection. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 139-145. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.07.017

  10. Piescher, K., Colburne, G., Hong, S., & LaLiberte, T. (2014). Child protective services and the achievement gap. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 408-415. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.11.004

Selected Presentations

  1. Piescher, K. & LaLiberte, T. (2017, May). Retention during child welfare reform: Perception and contributing factors. Paper presented at the 2017 National Title IV-E Roundtable, Phoenix, AZ.

  2. Susman-Stilman, A., Piescher, K., & Mickelson, N. (2017, April). Does a high quality preschool experience affect educational outcomes of low-income children in 3rd grade? Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

  3. LaLiberte, T., & Piescher, K. (2017, March). The well-being debate: Strategies for child protection. Paper presented at the Minnesota Social Services Association 124th Annual Training Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, MN.

  4. LaLiberte, T., Piescher, K., Lee, M., & Mickelson, N. (2017, January). Child Protection Services and parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

  5. Kresha, R., Sorenson, J., & Piescher, K. (2016, September). Minnesota’s Child Protection System: Working toward more effective data-based decision making. Panel presentation given at the College of Education and Human Development Policy Breakfast, Minneapolis, MN.

  6. LaLiberte, T., & Piescher, K. (2016, June). Practical tools for working with at-risk adolescents to increase their well-being. Poster presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 (SWSD2016), Seoul, South Korea.

  7. Piescher, K., Hong, S., & LaLiberte, T. (2016, June). Answering the tough questions: Using integrated data for improved service delivery. Poster presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 (SWSD2016), Seoul, South Korea.

  8. Piescher, K., & Goodenough, K. (2016, June). Finding ways to stabilize Minnesota’s child welfare workforce. Paper presented at the 2016 National Title IV-E Roundtable, Salt Lake City, UT.

  9. Snyder, E., Mendez, M., & Piescher, K. (2016, June). Ready or not: Using child protection simulations in IV-E programs. Paper presented at the 2016 National Title IV-E Roundtable, Salt Lake City, UT.

  10. LaLiberte, T., Piescher, K., Mickelson, N., & Lee, M. (2016, March). Parents with disabilities in the Child Protection System. Paper presented at the Minnesota Social Services Association 123rd Annual Training Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, MN.

  11. LaLiberte, T., & Piescher, K. (2016, February). Minnesota Linking Information for Kids (Minn-LInK): Using integrated data to guide child welfare practice. Invited testimony given to the Minnesota Legislative Taskforce on Child Protection, St. Paul, MN.

  12. Piescher, K., Benton, A., & LaLiberte, T. (2016, February). Disconnected: Communication patterns between child protection and school systems. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2016 Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

  13. Hong, S., Choi, W., Piescher, K., & Nelson, E. (2016, January). Empirical evidence of Open Enrollment among students in child protection. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington DC.

  14. Piescher, K., Cook, T., Shannon, P. & Hong, S. (2016, January) Involvement of refugee children in Minnesota's Child Protection System. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington DC.