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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. Hong, S., Choi, W.S., Piescher, K., & Nelson, E. (2014). Academic achievement among students involved in child protection: Empirical evidence of school choice effects. Manuscript in preparation.

    Kim, J.R., Pieper, K., LaLiberte, T., & Piescher, K. (2014). Children with adoption disruption and dissolution histories in private out of home placement. Manuscript in preparation.

    LaLiberte, T., Piescher, K., Simmelink, J., & Oh, H. J. (2014). Outcomes of children involved in a truancy intervention. Manuscript in preparation.

    LaLiberte, T., Piescher, K., Snyder, E., Bidwell, L., & Gross, L. (2014). Implementing practice change: A story told through supervisor interviews and observations. Manuscript in preparation.

    Piescher, K., Hong, S., LaLiberte, T., & Colburne, G. (2014). Are the kids alright? Child welfare and the achievement gap. Manuscript in preparation.

    Piescher, K., Kiesel, L., & Edleson, J. (2014). Direct and indirect child exposure to violence: Effects on academic performance and disability. Manuscript in preparation.

    Piescher, K., Hepperlen, R. & LaLiberte, T. (2014).  Child protection service needs: A comparison of securely and insecurely housed families. Manuscript in preparation.

    Piescher, K., LaLiberte, T., Nelson, E., & Genchanok, A. (2014). Educational outcomes of youth in child protection: Transitioning from family-centered practice to comprehensive family assessment. Manuscript in preparation.

  2. Johnston-Goodstar, K., Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (under review). Teaching to transform child welfare practice: Lessons from a Native American child welfare seminar. Journal of Social Work Education.

    Hall-Lande, J., Hewitt, A., Mishra, S., Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (2014). Involvement of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Child Protection System. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1088357614539834

    Karatekin, C., Hong, S., Piescher, K., Uecker, J., & McDonald, J. (2014). An evaluation of an integrated services program for multi-service use families. Children and Youth Services Review, 41, 16-26. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.03.008

    Kovan, N., Mishra, S., Susman-Stillman, A., 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

    Mickelson, N., Piescher, K., & Hong, S. (2014). Educational outcomes for children participating in Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES). (Minn-LInK Brief No. 18). Available at: http://cascw.umn.edu/portfolio-items/ml-18-aces/

    Kiesel, L., Piescher, K., & Edleson, J. (2013). Examining the association of children’s academic performance with their exposure to parental intimate partner violence and child maltreatment (Minn-LInK Brief No. 15). Available from http://cascw.umn.edu/portfolio-items/ml-15-childrens-academic-parental-ipv-maltreatment/

    Hong, S., & Piescher, K. (2013). An evaluation of the northwest county collaborative: Our Children Succeed Initiative (Minn-LInK Report & Brief No. 14). Available from http://cascw.umn.edu/portfolio-items/ml-14-our-children-succeed-initiative/

    Piescher, K., Bidwell, L., LaLiberte, T., & Snyder, E. (2013). Comprehensive Family Assessment posttest study. Available from http://cascw.umn.edu/community-engagement-2/research-projects-2/cfa/

    Piescher, K., Heldt, J., LaLiberte, T., & Snyder, E. (2013). How workers think about and utilize culture in child welfare practice. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

    Hong, S., & Piescher, K. (2012). The role of supportive housing in homeless children's well-being: An investigation of child welfare and educational outcomes, Children and Youth Services Review, 34(8), 1440-1447. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.03.025

  3. 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]. 
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    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. 
     
    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.  
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    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. 
     
    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.
     
    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. 
     
    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.
     
    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. 
     
    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.
     
    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.
     

     

  2. Mendez, M., & Piescher, K. (2014, May). Specialized Title IV-E field program: A model for student preparation for child welfare practice. Title IV-E National Roundtable, Galveston, TX.

    Piescher, K., & LaLiberte, T. (2014, May). Putting the puzzle together: Utilizing integrated data to understand cross-system involvement and outcomes for children and families. 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, New Orleans, LA.

    Piescher, K., Hong, S., LaLiberte, T., & Colburn, G. (2014, March). Are the kids alright? Child welfare and the achievement gap. Minnesota Social Services 121st Annual Training Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, MN.

    Blythe, D., Hong, S., LaLiberte, T., Larson-Nippolt, P., Mehrkens, T., & Piescher, K. (2013, October). Understanding the educational impact of 4-H. 2013 Extension Program Conference, Duluth, Minnesota.

    Piescher, K. (2013, October). Comprehensive Family Assessment: Implementation and outcome comparisons for Alternative Response and traditional child welfare cases. Kempe Center’s 8th Annual Differential Response Conference, Vail, Colorado.

    LaLiberte, T., & Snyder, E., & Piescher, K. (2013, June). Practice change and family outcomes associated with using Comprehensive Family Assessment in child welfare practice. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s 21st Annual Colloquium, Las Vegas, NV.

    Snyder, E., LaLiberte, T., & Piescher, K. (2013, June). Changing the tire while the car is moving: Implementing significant practice change using an implementation science framework. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s 21st Annual Colloquium, Las Vegas, NV.

    Hong, S., Piescher, K., LaLiberte, T., & Carlson, J. (2013, March). Outcomes of children in families with varying lengths of MFIP (TANF) receipt. Minnesota Social Services 120th Annual Training Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, MN.

    Piescher, K., Hong, S., & Van Hunnik, B. (2012, September). The role of supportive housing in homeless children’s well-being: An investigation of child welfare and educational outcomes.  Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Central Region Supportive Housing Conference, St. Paul, MN.

    Piescher, K., Snyder, E. M., LaLiberte, T. L., & Gordon, J. (2012, April). High fidelity: It’s not just for the music world. 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, DC.

    Hong, S., Piescher, K., LaLiberte, T. L. (2012, March). The role of supportive housing in homeless children's well-being: An investigation of child welfare and educational outcomes. Minnesota Social Services Association 119th Annual Training Conference and Expo, Minneapolis, MN.

    Kiesel, L., Piescher, K., & Edleson, J. (2012, January). Direct and indirect child exposure to violence: Effects on academic performance and disability. 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

    LaLiberte, T. L., Piescher, K., & Johnston-Goodstar, K. (2011, May). Experiential learning in Native American communities. Title IV-E National Roundtable, Galveston, TX.

    Leung, P., LaLiberte, T. L., & Piescher, K., Winter, L., Clark, S., & Kollar, S. (2011, May). What is next for Title IV-E outcome studies: Questions and suggestions. Title IV-E National Roundtable, Galveston, TX.

    Piescher, K., & Larson, A., (2009, August). Building a foundation for measurement: Using program data to study cross-system child outcomes and the implications for program evaluation. Foster Family-Based Treatment Association’s 23rd Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care, Atlanta, GA.

    Rueter, M. A., & Piescher, K. (2007, November). Assessment consistency across family member and observer reports of family interactions. National Conference on Family Relations Pre-Conference Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.

    Piescher, K., & Rueter, M. A. (2006, April). The effect of parental depression and family structure on observed parent-child interactions. Society for Research in Adolescence, San Francisco, CA.