Tiffany Burkhardt

Researcher

Dr. Tiffany Burkhardt is a Researcher at Chapin Hall focusing on evaluation of support programs that promote family and child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. Her current work includes the evaluation of a pilot initiative of an infant and early childhood mental health consultation model across early childhood systems in Illinois, including home visiting and early childhood care and education. She contributes to the evaluation of Support, Connect, and Nurture program (SCAN), a program that addresses the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the health and well-being of children and families by integrating social services and parenting resources into pediatric primary care. Burkhardt is also collaborating with pediatricians at the University of Chicago to pilot test the clinical implementation of the Infant Crying and Parent Well-being screening tool, a measure she codeveloped to identify and refer families struggling with infant crying.

Burkhardt’s previous projects at Chapin Hall include evaluating the Fussy Baby Network® Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Advanced Training for staff at 26 home visiting programs across Illinois. She was also involved in an evaluation of the Early Learning Coalition in the Altgeld-Riverdale community of Chicago, which was designed to build a community infrastructure to support early learning and serve as a demonstration program to inform other early learning collaborations in high-need communities. Burkhardt conducted an implementation evaluation of the Chicago Young Parents Program, a two-generation program developed by Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services and SGA Youth Services. Burkhardt also collaborated on the Pew Charitable Trust Home Visiting Data for Performance Initiative, which resulted in a recommendation of measures of parenting capacity and child development for national home visiting models.

Burkhardt earned a PhD in Child Development from Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, where she studied human development and social services administration.

PhD in Child Development from Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago

Master of Science in Human Development and Social Services Administration, University of Chicago

Burkhardt, T., Huang, L. A., Schlecht, C., & Carreon, E. (2019, September). Coming together to promote healthy child development: Evaluation of a community coalition. Paper presented at the Prevent Child Abuse America Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Burkhardt, T., & Spielberger, J. (2018, October). Strengthening relationships and reflective capacity: Findings from a mixed-methods evaluation of a relationship-based practice model. Paper presented at the Zero To Three Annual Conference, Denver,  CO.

Burkhardt, T. (2017, December). Evidence-based measures to support parent-child interactions. Field presentation at the Illinois State Board of Education Prevention Initiative Forum, Springfield, IL.

Spielberger, J., Burkhardt, T., Winje, C., Gouvea, M., & Gilkerson, L. (2017, December). Enhancing the capacity of home visitors with a reflective practice approach. Poster presented at the Zero To Three Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Burkhardt, T., & Katch, L. (2017, December). Screening for infant crying problems in families: Lessons from a pediatric implementation study. Poster presented at the Zero To Three Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Katch, L., & Burkhardt, T. (2017, April). Infant crying and parent well-being: Screening tool validation. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX.

Burkhardt, T., & Katch, L. (2016, December). Implementing a screening tool for problematic infant crying and parent well-being in clinical settings. Poster presented at the Zero To Three Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Spielberger, J., Burkhardt, T., Gouvea, M., Winje, C., Barisik, E., & Gilkerson, L. (2016, July). Building home visitor-parent relationships: Evaluation of a home visitor training in an infant mental health-based approach. Presented at the Administration for Children and Families National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Washington, DC.

Spielberger, J., Burkhardt, T., Gouvea, M., Winje, C., Barisik, E., & Gilkerson, L. (2016, June). Enhancing home visitors’ skills with an infant mental health approach. Presented at the World Association for Infant Mental Health Conference, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Burkhardt, T, Spielberger, J. & Winje C. (2016, February). Facilitating Attuned Interactions in Home Visiting. Poster session presented at the Erikson Institute Research Poster Symposium, Chicago, IL.

Katch, L., & Burkhardt, T. (2016, January). Infant crying and family functioning: Detecting problems and knowing when to help. Field presentation at the Opening Minds Conference, Chicago, IL.

Burkhardt, T., Katch, L., & Gilkerson, L. (2015, December). Infant crying and family functioning clinical screening and referral: Pilot study findings. Field presentation at the Zero To Three National Training Institute, Seattle, WA.

Katch, L., & Burkhardt, T. (2014, December). Parent perception of infant crying: Evidence for effective screening. Poster presented at the Zero To Three National Training Institute, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Burkhardt, T. (2014, November). Predicting emotion regulation in early childhood: The impact of maternal well-being, infant crying, and dyadic mutuality. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Special Topic Meeting: New Conceptualizations in the Study of Parenting-At-Risk, San Diego, CA.

Burkhardt, T. (2014, April). Predicting emotion regulation in early childhood: The impact of maternal well-being, infant crying, and dyadic mutuality. Poster presented at the Loyola Graduate Student Research Symposium, Chicago, IL.

Burkhardt, T., Gilkerson, L., Gray, L., Heilman, K. J., & Porges, S. W. (2013, April). Too much crying: Maternal perception of infant crying and maternal well-being. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Aylward, S., Coleman, D., Zageris, D., Lewis, G., Hardin, E., Golant, E., Burkhardt, T., Gray, L., Gilkerson, L., Heilman, K. J., & Porges, S. W. (2011, September). Excessive crying at 6 months is related to difficulties in autonomic and behavioral regulation at 24 months. Poster presented at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry Research Symposium, Chicago, IL.

Burkhardt, T., Katch, L., & Gilkerson, L. (2011, March). Perceived helpfulness of an infant/parent support program: Do presenting concerns or initial expectations impact satisfaction? Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Heilman, K. J., Zageris, D., Aylward, S., Coleman, D., Lewis, G., Burkhardt, T., Gray, L., Gilkerson, L., & Porges, S. W. (2010, March). Autonomic and behavioral state regulation in infants who excessively cry/fuss. Poster presented at the International Congress on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Gilkerson, L. & Burkhardt, T. (2008, September). Is early excessive crying a clinical indicator? Poster presented at the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

1st Place Award for Longitudinal Methods, Loyola Graduate Student Research Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, April, 2014.

Gilkerson, L., Burkhardt, T., Katch, L., & Hans, S. The impact of the Fussy Baby Network on parental well-being and infant crying. Manuscript in preparation.