Peter J. Pecora, PhD
Inducted in 2009
Current PositionManaging director of research services for Casey Family Programs, Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work
EducationBA, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., University of Washington
Dr. Pecora has a joint appointment as the Managing Director of Research Services for Casey Family Programs, and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington. He has worked with a number of state departments of social services in the United States and in other countries to refine foster care programs, implement intensive home-based services, and design risk assessment systems for child protective services.
Current projects include:
• Assessment of youth placed in group homes and residential treatment in Arkansas, Montana and Texas.
• Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback. Evaluate the implementation fidelity and outcomes of this predictive analytics and safety assessment models for child protective services in Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Ohio, and Oklahoma.
• Parent Legal Representation Evaluation. With NYU School of Law and Action Research Partners evaluate the program in New York City.
• Project GAIN TANF Financial Assistance and Coaching. With Wisconsin public child welfare and the Children’s Trust Fund match local funding and a randomized control group design to assess the outcomes of families served by this project in Milwaukee.
• Signs of Safety: Evaluate the implementation fidelity of this safety and risk assessment models for child protective services in California, Canada, Europe, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Western Australia.
• Superutilizers in Child Welfare. With Florida and Tennessee, work with Medicaid and CW data to look at the characteristics of those who become super-utilizers and the actions of CW in making them super utilizers. (Mathematica is the primary contractor on this joint effort.)
He has published many journal articles and books, including:
• Pecora, P.J., Whittaker, J.K., Barth, R.P., Borja, S., & Vesneski, W. (2018). The child welfare challenge. (Fourth Edition). New York City: Taylor and Francis.
• Pecora, P. J., Kessler, R. C., Williams, J., Downs, A. C., English, D., & White, J. & O’Brien, K. (2010). What works in family foster care? Identifying key components of success from an alumni follow-up study. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
• Pecora, P.J., Cherin, D., Bruce, E., & Arguello, T. (2010). Administrative supervision: A brief guide for managing social service organizations. Newbury Park: Sage Publications.
• Pecora, P.J., Whittaker, J.K., Maluccio, A.N.; Barth, R.P. & DePanfilis, D. (2009). The child welfare challenge. (Third Edition.) Piscataway, NJ: Aldine-Transaction Books. (Previous editions published in 1992 and 2000.)
• McCauley, C., Pecora, P.J., & Rose, W.E. (Eds.) (2006). Enhancing the Well Being of Children and Families through Effective Interventions- International Evidence for Practice. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
From 2010 to 2011, he served on the (1) National Advisory Committee for the Child National Traumatic Stress Network; and (2) Committee on the Prevention of Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse for the Board on Children, Youth, and Families. (This is a joint board of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. The committee report was issued in the summer of 2009.)