Cecilia Casanueva

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Cecelia Casanueva


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Cecilia Casanueva, PhD, specializes in young children’s services, child maltreatment intervention, and services’ evaluation. She directs the evaluation of the Quality Improvement Center for Research Based Infant and Toddlers Court Teams (QICITCT), designed to better support the developmental needs of young maltreated children, with sites across multiple states.

Dr. Casanueva also serves as the director of the evaluation of Child First in Palm Beach, Florida, a program for high-risk families with young children. She works as an investigator on the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), the only nationally representative study of children reported for maltreatment, supporting instrumentation selection and analysis of topics related to young children’s cognitive, language, and socio-emotional development; referrals and access to health, mental health services; placements, permanency, and maltreatment recurrence.

Dr. Casanueva is an alumna of the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship of the ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families (2009–2011).

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