Julie McCrae

Senior Researcher

Dr. Julie McCrae is Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall. McCrae specializes in interventions related to toxic stress exposure. She is Co-Investigator of Evaluating Community Approaches to Preventing or Mitigating Toxic Stress, a multisite, national study of innovations in health care to address toxic stress. McCrae leads the Support, Connect, and Nurture program (SCAN), which integrates social worker and parenting resources into pediatric primary care to strengthen supports to families to promote healthy child development.

McCrae was previously Research Associate Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, where she led research and program evaluation in child welfare services and early childhood. McCrae is an experienced analyst, with over 15 years’ experience analyzing longitudinal data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW), a nationally representative study of children involved with child welfare services.

McCrae has a PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an MSW from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

PhD in Social Work, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MSW, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

BA in Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Invited

McCrae, J. S. (2018, February). Mobilizing resilience. Invited keynote at the Annual Resource Sharing Day, Pueblo, CO.

McCrae, J. S. (2017, November). Children and adversity: Applied intervention in primary care. Invited symposium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Lau, C., McCrae, J. S., & Dempsey, L.D. (2016, April). Support, Connect and Nurture (SCAN): Assessing for adverse childhood experiences in primary care. Invited presentation at Peaceful Households Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.

Leckie, K., Dempsey, L. D., Hasenack, J., & McCrae, J. S. (2016, February). Support, Connect and Nurture (SCAN): Assessing for adverse childhood experiences in primary care. Invited presentation to Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA) Webinar Series.

McCrae, J. S., Scannapieco, M., & Leake, R. (2014, October). Implementation science in child welfare. Webinar presented to Practice and Research Together (PART), Ontario, Canada.

McCrae, J. S. (2009, November). Propensity score matching strategies for social services research. Doctoral seminar, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA.

McCrae, J.S. (2009, June). State of the art: Best practices in screening young children in child welfare. National Center on Children in Poverty Roundtable Discussion on Strengthening Early Childhood Supports in the Child Welfare System, New York, NY.

Peer-reviewed

Brown, S. M., Bender, K., McCrae, J. S., Phillips, J., & Rienks, S. (2016, October). Adverse childhood experiences as predictors of health profiles among families involved with child welfare. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

McCrae, J. S., Rienks, S., Phillips, J., Bender, K., & Brown, S. M. (October, 2016). Health profiles of children and youth with accumulating ACES: Implications for the medical home model. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

McCrae, J. S., Rienks, S. R., & Hasenack, J. (August, 2016). Adverse childhood experiences and child health: Concurrent associations and implications for the medical home. Two papers presented at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) International Summit, San Diego, CA.

Strolin-Goltzman, J., Collins-Camargo, C., Akin, B., & McCrae, J. S. (2015, October). Community assessment data and the development of trauma-informed, data-driven child welfare systems. Panel presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

McCrae, J. S., Brown, S. M, & Lo, J. (2015, October). Enhancing early childhood outcomes: Connecting child welfare and Head Start. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Packard, T., McCrae, J. S., & Scannapieco, M. (2015, January). Organizational change tactics in an initiative to improve child welfare programs in 13 counties: Impacts and perspectives on project success. Paper presented at the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Brown, S. M., Klein, S., & McCrae, J. S. (2014, October). Using social network analysis to evaluate child welfare-early childhood collaboration. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Whitney, G., Klein, S., Falconer, M.K., & McCrae, J. S. (2014, May). Evaluations of collaborations that engage early childhood education and child welfare: Methodological approaches and evidence across multiple ACF grants. Panel presentation at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, New Orleans, LA.

Whitney, G., Klein, S., Pujol-Nassif, M., & McCrae, J. S. (2014, May). Making connections between early childhood and child welfare programs: The experiences of the 2011 child welfare-early childhood grantees. Panel presentation at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, New Orleans, LA.

Brittain, C., Jones, K., Scannapieco, M., & McCrae, J. S. (2013, August). An implementation success story: Experiences from the AR C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Project. Panel presentation at the 2013 Global Implementation Conference, Washington, DC.

Packard, T., McCrae, J. S., Scannapieco, M., & Menefee, D. (2013, May). Implementation of organizational change processes to improve public child welfare programs in 13 Colorado counties. Paper presentation at the Network for Social Work Management Annual Institute, Newark, NJ.

McCrae, J. S., Scannapieco, M., Leake, R., Potter, C., & Menefee, D. (2013, January).Who’s on board?: Child welfare worker reports of need for organizational change. Paper presented at the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

Armstrong, M. I., Deakins, B., DePanfilis, D., & McCrae, J. S. (2012, January). Using implementation science evaluation frameworks to guide organizational decision making related to complex systems reforms in public child welfare. Roundtable presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

McCrae, J. S., Fusco, R., Rauktis, M. E. (2011, January). Directions for developmental screening in child welfare using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires. Paper presented at the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

McCrae, J. S. (2010, January). Review of mental health screening instruments for young children in child welfare. Paper presented at the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Barth, R. P., McCrae, J. S., Lee, B., & Rauktis, M. E. (2009, January). Comparing three years of well-being outcomes for group residential care and nonkinship foster care. Paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

McCrae, J. S., & Fusco, R. (2008, October). Family group decision-making with African American and Caucasian families: Referrals, satisfaction, and services. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.

Scarborough, A., & McCrae, J. S. (2008, June). A national picture of the developmental outcomes of five year olds, maltreated as infants. Poster presented at Head Start’s Ninth National Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Scarborough, A., & McCrae, J. S. (2007, December). Developmental profiles of preschoolers maltreated as infants and toddlers. Paper presentation at the National Early Childhood Conference, Washington, DC.

Scarborough, A., & McCrae, J. S. (2007, October). Developmental profiles of preschoolers maltreated as infants and toddlers. Paper presentation at the Twenty-third Annual Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

McCrae, J. S., Guo, S., & the NSCAW Research Group. (2005, July). Psychological symptoms among young maltreated children: Do services make a difference? Paper presentation at the Ninth International Family Violence Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

McCrae, J.S., Lloyd, E. C., Guo, S., & NSCAW Research Group. (2005, January). Family-based services and children’s mental health: Using propensity scores matching to inform service planning. Panel presentation at the Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Miami, FL.

McCrae, J. S., Chapman, M. V., & NSCAW Research Group (2004, July). Family risks, abuse severity, and the well-being of sexually abused children: A latent profile analysis. Paper presented at the Eighth International Family Violence Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

McCrae, J. S., Wildfire, J., Green, R. L., Barth, R. P., & NSCAW Research Group (2004, January). Achieving permanency for children in child welfare. Panel presentation at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

McCrae, J. S., Barth, R. P., Green, R. L., & NSCAW Research Group (2003, July). Risk assessment, maltreatment types and severity, and paths into child welfare services. Panel presentation at the Seventh International Family Violence Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

McCrae, J. S., & Arledge, K. (2002, October). Team decision making in Durham County: Policy, practice, and data at one year. Presentation at the North Carolina Social Services Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Morrissey, J. P., Rumptz, M., McCrae, J. S., Sowards, S., Broner, N., & Frisman, L. (2000, January). Integrated services for clients with co-occurring disorders. Presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the National GAINS Center for Persons with Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System, Miami, FL.

Annie E. Casey Common Elements of Mental Health Treatment Fellow, 2009

Turner Dissertation Award, University of North Carolina, 2006

Graduate School Smith Travel Grant, University of North Carolina, 2005

Brody Fellowship, University of North Carolina, 2001

Wacker, A. D., Rienks, S. L., & McCrae, J. S. (2017). Studying the impact of a literacy intervention in early childhood classrooms: Strategies and lessons learned for implementing a quasi-experimental design. SAGE Research Methods Cases. Available from https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/sage-research-methods-cases

Strolin-Goltzman, J., McCrae, J. S., & Emery, T. (2017). Trauma-informed resource parent training and the impact on knowledge acquisition, parenting self-efficacy, and child behavior outcomes: A pilot of the RPC+. Journal of Public Child Welfaredoi:10.1080/15548732.2017.1352555

Rienks, S., Phillips, J. D., McCrae, J. S., Bender, K., & Brown, S. M. (2017). Complex health concerns among child welfare populations and the benefit of pediatric medical homes. Child Abuse & Neglect, 65, 212-225.

McCrae, J. S., & Brown, S. M. (2017). Review of mental health screening instruments for use with young children involved with child welfare. Research on Social Work Practice. doi:10.1177/1049731516686691

McCrae, J. S., Brown, S. M., Yang, J., & Groneman, S. (2015). Enhancing early childhood outcomes: Connecting child welfare and Head Start. Early Child Development and Care, 186(7), 1110-1125. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2015.1077818

McCrae, J. S., Scannapieco, M., & Obermann, A. (2015). Retention and job satisfaction of child welfare supervisors. Children and Youth Services Review, 59, 171-176. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.011

Packard, T., McCrae, J. S., Phillips, J., & Scannapieco, M. (2015). Measuring organizational change tactics to improve child welfare programs: Experiences in 13 counties. Human Service Organizations, 39(5), 444-458.doi:10.1080/23303131.2015.1067268

Brown, S. M., Klein, S., & McCrae, J. S. (2014). Collaborative relationships and improved service coordination among child welfare and early childhood systems. Child Welfare, 93, 91-116.

McCrae, J. S., Scannapieco, M., Leake, R., Potter, C., & Menefee, D. (2014). Who’s on board?: Child welfare worker reports of need and readiness for organizational change. Children and Youth Services Review, 37, 28-35.

Armstrong, M. I., McCrae, J. S., Graef, M. I., Richards, T., Lambert, D., & Bright, C. L. (2014). Development and initial findings of an implementation process measure for child welfare system change. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8, 94-117.

McCrae, J. S., Cahalane, H., & Fusco, R. (2011). Directions for developmental screening in child welfare using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires. Children & Youth Services Review, 33, 1412-1418.

Fusco, R., Rauktis, M. E., McCrae, J. S., Cunningham, M., & Bradley-King, C. (2010). Aren’t they just black kids?: Biracial children in the child welfare system. Child and Family Social Work, 15, 441-451.

McCrae, J. S., Barth, R. P., & Guo, S. (2010). Changes in maltreated children’s emotional-behavioral problems following typically provided mental health services. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 350-361.

McCrae, J. S., Lee, B., Barth, R. P., & Rauktis, M. E. (2010). Comparing three years of well-being outcomes for group residential care and nonkinship foster care. Child Welfare, 89, 229-249.

McCrae, J. S., & Fusco, R. (2010). A racial comparison of Family Group Decision Making in the USA. Child and Family Social Work, 15, 41-55.

Scarborough, A., & McCrae, J. S. (2010). School-age special education outcomes of infants and toddlers investigated for maltreatment. Children & Youth Services Review, 30, 80-88.

McCrae, J. S. (2009). Emotional and behavioral problems reported in child welfare over three years. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 17, 17-28.

Scarborough, A., & McCrae, J. S. (2008). Maltreated infants: Reported eligibility for Part C and later school-age special education services. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 28, 75-89.

Barth, R. P., Guo, S., & McCrae, J. S. (2008). Propensity score matching strategies for evaluating the success of child and family service programs. Research on Social Work Practice, 18, 198-211.

McCrae, J. S., & Barth, R. P. (2008). Using cumulative risk to screen for mental health problems in child welfare. Research on Social Work Practice, 18, 144-159.

McCrae, J. S., Chapman, M. V., & Christ, S. L. (2006). Profile of children investigated for sexual abuse: Association with psychopathology symptoms and services. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76, 468-481.

Chapman, M. V., Gibbons, C. B., Barth, R. P., McCrae, J. S., & the NSCAW Research Group (2003). Parent views of in-home services: What predicts satisfaction with child welfare workers? Child Welfare, 82, 571-596.