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Lanier to serve on national committee for 2020 Home Visiting Summit

Associate professor Paul Lanier has been invited to serve on the steering committee for the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit. The three-day summit is scheduled for January in Washington, D.C., and will focus on the latest research, innovations, and policies that impact communities served by the home visiting field.

Home visiting programs bring health and child development professionals (often nurses) into the homes of families with children between birth and age 6. Although home visits are appropriate for all families, they are most often provided to households that are low wealth, have teen parents, have a history of child abuse or neglect or have children with special needs.

The goal of the summit is to bring together systems leaders, researchers, practitioners, policy advocates, key stakeholders and decision makers to help enhance and strengthen home visiting services and improve overall outcomes for children and families.

A national leader in the child welfare field, Lanier’s current research focuses on developing, evaluating, and scaling-up evidence-based prevention programs in child welfare, mental health, and early childhood systems. He has conducted externally funded studies with models such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, Circle of Parents, and several maternal and child health home visiting models.