Anne F. Farrell, Ph.D. has joined Chapin Hall as Director of Research. Dr. Farrell previously served as the Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development at the University of Connecticut, where she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Bryan Samuels, Executive Director of Chapin Hall, said, “Anne will ensure that Chapin Hall remains on the forefront of the best practice in research methods, data analytics, translation, and impact. I expect her to help us hold Chapin Hall’s position at the forefront of child and family policy research by identifying opportunities for innovation, leveraging Chapin Hall’s ample research talent, and shaping policy and practice.”
Dr. Farrell began her career as a frontline worker in a home visiting child welfare program and held positions of increasing responsibility while pursuing a funded program of translational scholarship. She conducted research and policy analysis on housing and child welfare, cross-systems collaborations in juvenile justice, and family and community resilience. She has published numerous scholarly articles, technical reports, books, and book chapters and serves on the editorial board of three scholarly journals. Dr. Farrell also led systems change initiatives in partnership with public agencies, nonprofits, and educational institutions.
Her work as a scholar is focused on producing, disseminating, and adopting actionable findings to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable children, youth, and families. She articulated and pursued a vision for research opportunities across the areas of the mission of the Center for Applied Research in Human Development, vigorously communicating findings and partnering with implementers to ensure impact.
Dr. Farrell’s career is marked by a distinctive focus on mentoring. In addition to mentoring hundreds of professionals, she has co-led federally funded postgraduate interdisciplinary leadership and research training. Dr. Farrell was recognized by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for distinguished performance as a mentor.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Fairfield University, Dr. Farrell earned a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology, both from Hofstra University.