Jon Korfmacher

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Jon Korfmacher is a Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall whose research examines the implementation and outcome of home visiting and other early childhood interventions, parent engagement in these services, and quality assessment, with an emphasis on workforce training and development. He is a member of the leadership team of the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC), a national network in the United States funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) focused on promotion of precision home visiting research. He also directs the Home Visiting Program Quality Assessment Project, which evaluates the quality of home visiting services and operations in Illinois funded by the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV).

Korfmacher has helped to create different assessments and toolkits focused on home visiting practices, as well as support for home-based child care. He has worked on numerous research trials, including the Denver trial of Nurse Family Partnership, the Early Head Start National Research and Evaluation Project, and the Chicago Doula Program. For over 20 years he was on the faculty at Erikson Institute, where he directed their doctoral program and oversaw the Illinois Child Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative, a training program for community therapists in an evidence-based treatment for young children and their families experiencing trauma. Korfmacher has also consulted nationally and internationally on research and evaluation of early childhood services, including as a member of the Technical Advisory Group for Home Visiting for the UNICEF Eastern and Central European Regional Office.

Korfmacher has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Zero to Three.

PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Stanford University

Duggan, A., Filene, J., Korfmacher, J., & Bower, K. (2021, June). Moving toward precision home visiting to increase health equity and strengthen resilience. Ted-like talk, Society for Prevention Research 29th Annual Meeting (Virtual).

Crowne, S., Hegseth, D., Korfmacher, J., O’Neill, K. (2021, February). Virtual home visiting: Lessons learned and where are we going? Workshop presented at the National Home Visiting Virtual Summit (Virtual).

Korfmacher, J., Young, M., Harasawa, E.,  & Roggman, L. (2020, January). Home visiting workforce development during rapid scale-up: Lessons from other countries. Invited plenary for 9th National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Washington, DC.

Korfmacher, J. (2018, March). Home visiting program evaluation: Recent developments in the United States. Invited presentation for Conferência International Da Primeira Infância. Brasilia, Brazil.

Zeanah, C. H., Korfmacher, J., Lim, I., Steier, A., & Zeanah, P. D. (2023). Ethical dilemmas in infant mental health: Examples from child protection, home visiting, and medical context. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Bromer, J., Ragonese-Barnes, M., & Korfmacher, J. (2023). Home visiting in home-based child care: Staff and provider experiences. Children and Youth Services Review.

Spain, A. K., Korfmacher, J., & McCrae, J. S. (2023). Coordination challenges and promising practices for pediatric healthcare-community partnerships: A multi-site study. Journal of Community Psychology.

Lim, I., Korfmacher, J., Steier, A., Zeanah, C., & Zeanah, P. D. (2023). The ethics of infant and early childhood mental health practice. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Korfmacher, J. (2019). Balancing rigor with complexity in understanding the impacts of child maltreatment prevention programs. Prevention Science, 21(1), 47–52.

Korfmacher, J., Frese, M., & Gowani, S. (2019). Examining program quality in early childhood home visiting: From infrastructure to relationships. Infant Mental Health Journal, 40(3), 380–394.

Zeanah, P., & Korfmacher, J. (2019). Infant mental health and home visiting: Needs, approaches, opportunities, and cautions. In C. H. Zeanah (Ed.). Handbook of infant mental health (4th ed., pp. 610–625). New York: Guildford Press.

Bromer, J., & Korfmacher, J. (2017). Providing high-quality support services to home-based child care: A conceptual model and literature review. Early Education and Development, 28, 745–772.