Kristin Duppong Hurley
University of Nebraska
Kristin Duppong Hurley, is a research professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, and the co-director of the Academy for Child and Family Well-Being. Her focus is on services research for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. While she has worked in a variety of settings for youth from school-based prevention to residential care, Dr. Hurley’s primary emphasis is on family-based intervention strategies to improve the behavioral, emotional, and academic functioning of at-risk youth. She is currently conducting a randomized trial funded by IES on the effectiveness of the Parent Connectors intervention, a peer-to-peer support program for the parents of middle-school youth with emotional or behavioral needs. She recently completed a randomized trial of a family support intervention for youth with emotional and behavioral needs funded by a non-profit agency. She also is examining the role of parental involvement in education in relation to outcomes between at-risk and general population secondary students. Dr. Hurley has an ongoing interest in examining factors related to participation and retention for family and youth support interventions; methods for assessing intervention fidelity; and approaches to improve the supervision and monitoring of service delivery. Dr. Hurley has received research funding from the Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Science, the National Institute for Mental Health, as well as research contracts from non-profit agencies.