Alison Chrisler

Researcher

Dr. Alison Chrisler is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Chrisler’s research focuses on developing and implementing community change efforts. These efforts promote the healthy development of children and youth across systems, including juvenile justice, child welfare, and homelessness. She is interested in using local data to direct research, policy, and systems change efforts to support the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning youth. At Chapin Hall, she worked with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to conduct a three-day count and survey of unaccompanied homeless and unstably housed youth in three counties. She currently serves as a member of a team that is employing a systems change approach to improve outcomes for older youth in child welfare.

Prior to arriving at Chapin Hall, Chrisler was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University. In this role, she worked on a systems change effort to help communities and system leaders use data to invest in evidence-based programs. She was also a Research Analyst at Child Trends where she worked on a number of early childhood development implementation and evaluation projects.

Chrisler holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies and a master’s degree in Youth Development, both from Michigan State University.

PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University

MA in Youth Development, Michigan State University

Chrisler, A., & Holman, E. (2017, November). Families as catalysts: Parental advocacy of LGB youth across contexts. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Chrisler, A. (2017, May). Coming out as LGB: Contextual factors that influence parental acceptance. Poster presented at the 2017 Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology Annual Conference on Qualitative Research Methods, New York City, NY.

Chrisler, A. (2016, November). Contextual influences on parents’ acceptance of their child’s LGB identity. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations 78th Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Chrisler, A., & McGuire, J. (2016, April). Reclaiming the body and family connection: Body art of transgender youth. Paper presented at the 2016 Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Boot, W. R., Carroll, L., Kuyper, L., Chrisler, A., Brennan-Ing, M., Hua, W. Q., Donaldson, W. V., Hernandez, E., & Jacobs, S. C. (2015, August). LGBT issues across the lifespan. Panel presentation at the 2015 APA Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario.

Chrisler, A., & McGuire, J. (2015, May). Body representation of identity among transgender youth. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual LGBT Research Symposium, Champaign, IL.

Chrisler, A. (2015, April). Challenging student biases: Integrating LGBTQ topics in family studies course. Paper presented at the LGBTQ Studies Conference, San Diego, CA.

Chrisler, A. (2014, November). “Mom and Dad, please accept me”: Understanding parent reactions to coming out. Paper presented at the 2014 Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop, National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Chrisler, A. (2014, May). Family Stress Theory: Understanding family reactions to coming out. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual LGBT Research Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Chrisler, A., Ferrer-Okello, B., Hunt, C., Macaluso, M., Miller, H., Tremonte, C. M., & Yalch, M. M. (2014, October). Acts of translation: Issues in interdisciplinary teaching and learning in a global world. Panel presentation at the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies National Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Chrisler, A. (2011, May). Emphasizing student research: 2nd annual symposium. Panel presentation at the Child Life Council 29th Annual Conference on Professional Issues, Chicago, IL.

Metz, A., Halle, T., Anderson, R., & Chrisler, A. (2011, August). Assessing the implementation of an early childhood teacher professional development system: A study of the Mentoring Infant and Toddler Teachers Initiative. Poster presented at the Global Implementation Conference, Washington, DC.

Halle, T., Darling-Churchill, K., Blasberg, A., Simkin, S., & Chrisler, A. (2010, October). Collaborations annotated bibliography. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Washington, DC.

Chrisler, A. (2009, February). Children with autism in the hospital: Using ABA techniques to prepare, teach, and support. Poster presented at the BAAM 2009 Convention, Ypsilanti, MI.

Chrisler, A. (2008, November). Helping children with autism cope during hospitalization. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Midwest Child Life Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Dissertation Completion Award, Michigan State University, The Graduate School, 2016.

Research Enhancement Award, Michigan State University, The Graduate School, 2015.

Verna & John Hildebrand Dissertation Fellowship Award, Michigan State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 2015

Theory Construction and Research Methodology Best Student/Early Career Award, National Council on Family Relations, 2014

Love of Learning Award, Phi Kappa Phi, 2013.

Chilenski, S., Schmidt, D., Summers, N., Chrisler, A., & Villarruel, F. (2017). Evidence2Success: 2016 cross-site project progress report. Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Chrisler, A. (2017). Understanding parent reactions to coming out: A theoretical framework. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 9(2), 165-181.

Chilenski, S. M., Chrisler, A., & Villarruel, F. (2016). Telling the story of the YES administration: Summary and recommendations. Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Chilenski, S., Schmidt, D., Brown, M., Summers, N., & Chrisler, A. (2016). Evidence2Success wave 1 interviews: Dallas county/Selma. Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

McGuire, J., & Chrisler, A. (2016). Body art and modification in the transgender youth community. In Y. Kiuchi & F. Villarruel (Eds.), The young are making their world: Essays on the power of youth culture (pp. 97-118). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Chrisler, A. J. (2015). Humanizing research: A critical book review. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7(3), 333-339.

Chrisler, A., Smischney, T., & Villarruel, F. (2014). Promoting positive development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona, Department of Defense’s Office of Family Policy, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Smischney, T., Chrisler, A., & Villarruel, F .(2014). Risk factors for adolescent suicide. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona, Department of Defense’s Office of Family Policy, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Barnes, A., Carpenter, G., Chrisler, A., Driska, A., Kornbluh, M., MacIntosh, A., . . . Parker, K. (2013). Women’s Center of Greater Lansing: Program evaluation. Prepared for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing.

Chrisler, A., Blasberg, A., Forry, A., & Tout, K. (2013). Minnesota Child Care Choices: Low-income parents’ experiences of depressive symptoms. Bethesda, MD: Child Trends.

Chrisler, A. (2012). Asthma education: A review of randomized controlled youth asthma-education programs. Journal of Public Health, 20(3), 305-312.

Chrisler, A. (2012). What works for asthma education programs: Lessons from experimental evaluations of social programs and interventions for children. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

Chrisler, A., Halle, T., Blasberg, A., & Daneri, P. (2012). Prenatal parent education programs: A review of the literature and existing programs. Prepared for The Growald Family Fund.

Chrisler, A., & Moore, K. A. (2012). What works for disadvantaged and adolescent parenting programs: Lessons from experimental evaluations of social programs and interventions for children. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

Forry, N., Bromer, J., Chrisler, A., Rothenberg, L., Simkin, S., & Daneri, M.(2012). Family-provider relationship quality: Review of conceptual and empirical literature of family-provider relationships, OPRE Report #2012-46. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Porter, T., Guzman, L., Kuhfeld, M., Caal, S., Rodrigues, K., Moodie, S., Chrisler, A., & Ramos, M. (2012). Family-provider relationship quality: Review existing measures of family-provider relationships. OPRE Report #2012-47. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Anderson, A., Metz, A., Halle, T., Chrisler, A., Rodrigues, K., Daneri, M. P., Simkin, S., & Rothenberg, L. (2011). Evaluation of the implementation of the Mentoring Infant and Toddler Teachers (MITT) Initiative. 2010-2011 Year 3 report. Prepared for the University of Cincinnati.

Chrisler, A. J., & Ling, T. (2011). What works for early language and literacy: Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and intervention strategies. Washington, DC: Child Trends.

Forry, N., Anderson, R., Banghart, P., Zaslow, M., Kreader, J. L., & Chrisler, A. (2011). Linking home-based child care and state-funded preschool: The Community Connections Preschool Program (Illinois Action for Children). Evaluation phase 1–Implementation study. Prepared for Illinois Action for Children, Chicago, IL.

Halle, T., Anderson, R., Blasberg, A., Chrisler, A., & Simkin, S. (2011). Quality of caregiver-child interactions for infant and toddlers (Q-CCIIT): A review of the literature, OPRE 2011-25. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Murphy, D. A., & Chrisler, A. J. (2011). Survey analysis and data system recommendations for the U.S. Virgin Islands Maternal Child Health & Children with Special Health Care Needs program. Prepared for the U.S. Virgin Islands Maternal Child Health & Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Murphy, D. A., Darling-Churchill, K. E., & Chrisler, A. J. (2011). Early childhood education enrichment: A review of STEM and dual language learning in early childhood education. Prepared for CNA Analysis and Solutions.

Murphy, D. A., Darling-Churchill, K. E., & Chrisler, A. J. (2011). Selecting neighborhood indicators that promote child and family well-being. Prepared for the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

Murphy, D. A., Darling-Churchill, K. E., & Chrisler, A. J. (2011). The well-being of young children in military families: A review and recommendations for further study. Prepared for CNA Analysis and Solutions.

Metz, A., Halle, T., Anderson, R., Chrisler, A., & Rothenberg, L. (2010). Evaluation of the implementation of the Mentor Infant and Toddler Teachers (MITT) Initiative. 2009-2010 Year 2 report. Prepared for the University of Cincinnati.