Brad Richardson, Ph.D.

Brad Richardson, Ph.D., is Iowa’s DMC Coordinator and Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. Dr. Richardson coordinates statewide efforts through the DMC Resource Center and its Minority Youth and Families Initiative. Dr. Richardson earned his doctorate in applied sociology with specialization in social psychology, methodology and law, deviance and control from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Prior to that he was Director of Contract Research at Yale University. He has served as project director on numerous applied research and evaluation projects employing both quantitative and qualitative methods. In addition to work on eliminating over-representation in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, Dr. Richardson currently conducts evaluations of programs and provides technical assistance on strengths-based and family centered practice throughout the U.S. He has provided training and technical assistance on data management, outcome measures research and evaluation and he has trained staff of provider and government agencies on how to monitor and improve outcomes in their work with families. Some of his most recent works include articles on utilizing the results of evaluations to promote and demonstrate program effectiveness, incorporating results into program improvement strategies, effective DMC technical assistance, and the use of social network analysis in improving community collaboration. Dr. Richardson hosts the annual DMC Conference: Investing in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future" held each December in Des Moines, Iowa.