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Diane DePanfilis, PhD

Inducted in 2014

Diane DePanfilis, Ph.D., is Professor and formerly Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she also served as Director of the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children, an organized research center designed to promote the safety, permanency and stability, and well-being of children, families, and communities through education and training, research and evaluation, and best practice service programs.

Dr. DePanfilis is the developer of Family Connections, a multifaceted community-based program that works with vulnerable families in their homes, in the context of their neighborhoods, to help them meet the basic needs of their children and prevent child maltreatment. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its efforts to prevent child neglect, Family Connections is being replicated in multiple sites across the United States. She has published extensively about child maltreatment and intervention research and implementation science – studies that build understanding about what practices, policies, and programs are most effective for strengthening families with children.

To visit Dr. DePanfilis’ Faculty Page, click here: University of Maryland, School of Social Work.

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