Kristen Duppong Hurley

Kristin Duppong Hurley

University of Nebraska

Kristin Duppong Hurley is a research professor and co-director of the Academy for Child and Family Well-Being at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her focus is on services research for youth with emotional and behavioral needs. 

While she has worked in a variety of settings for youth from school-based prevention to residential care, Kristin’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 clinical 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/behavioral needs. Parents in the intervention group receive weekly phone calls from a veteran parent mentor to help support families to successfully engage in school as well as community-based supports for their child. Kristin is also evaluating the effectiveness of the Boys Town In-Home Family Services program, where families of youth with emotional and behavioral needs receive services from Boys Town staff in their home to help with parenting, and family-support strategies to improve family functioning and child behavior.
Kristin’s intervention studies allow her opportunities to focus on her interest in implementation and dissemination science. She is interested in examining factors related to participation, retention, and attrition in family and youth support interventions; methods for assessing the fidelity with which interventions are delivered; approaches to improve the supervision and monitoring of service delivery; and the role of therapeutic alliance on youth engagement and outcomes.
Kristin has received research funding from the Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Science (IES), the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), and research contracts from non-profit agencies.