Brad Richardson, Ph.D., is Research Director and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and former national DMC Coordinator for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. Dr. Richardson coordinates DMC reduction 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. He served as a research analyst for the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission, Director of Contract Research at Yale University and Research Director at the Institute for Social and Economic Development before coming to The University of Iowa. In addition to conducting evaluations in public health and early childhood education he has conducted research and published extensively on eliminating over-representation in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Dr. Richardson currently conducts evaluations 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 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 Iowa DMC Conference: Investing in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future.Ē

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Recently authored or co-authored publications on reducing disparities by Dr. Richardson include:

Richardson, B.† (2011). Comparative Analysis of Two Community-Based Efforts Designed to Impact Disproportionality. In McRoy, R et al. The Practice of Social Work: Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparity of Outcomes in Child Welfare. Washington DC: Child Welfare League of America.

Derezotes, D., Richardson, B. et al. (2011). Evaluating Multi-systemic Efforts to Impact Disproportionality through Key Decision Points. In McRoy, R et al. The Practice of Social Work: Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparity of Outcomes in Child Welfare. Washington DC: Child Welfare League of America.

Richardson, B. (2010)† Measuring Strategies to Reduce Disparities: Utilizing the Disproportionality Diagnostic Tool. Special Issue on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Disproportionality/Disparity. Elizabethtown, PA: Southern Public Administration Education Foundation, The Journal of Health & Human Services Administration.

Nellis, A. & Richardson, B. (2010) Getting Beyond the Failure: Promising Approaches for Reducing DMC. Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. Sage pub. online at

Juvenile Detention and Alternatives: Perspectives From Three Counties: Report to the Governorís Youth Race and Detention Task Force. (2008) Iowa City: IA: DMC Resource Center, Univ. of Iowa School of Social Work, Natíl Resource Ctr. for Family Centered Practice.

Disproportionality: Developing a Public Agency Strategy. Washington DC: National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, American Public Human Services Association.† Online at:†