Rockville Institute Affiliates in
Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Ronna J. Cook, MSW
Robert B. Hill, PhD
Andrea J. Sedlak, PhD

Ronna J. Cook, MSW, is a nationally recognized expert in research and evaluation of child welfare programs. She has designed and directed a number of major national studies of services to children and families, including the National Head Start Impact Study; the Assessment of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program; several major evaluations of family preservation, family support, and reunification services; the original evaluation of the Illinois Subsidized Guardianship Waiver Demonstration, as well as the extension of this program pertaining to older wards; the National Evaluation of Title IV-E Foster Care Independent Living Programs; and several studies on public adoption services and adoptive parent recruitment. Her experience spans an extensive range of methodologies, including randomized control group designs, audio computer-assisted self-interviews (ACASI) with youth, the design of original instruments for interviews or records extraction, and the use of standardized assessments.

Robert B. Hill, PhD, is a sociologist and a national expert on issues affecting minority and low-income children and families. His work has focused on foster care and adoption, child abuse and neglect, child support, noncustodial fathers, welfare reform, youth development, youth violence, kinship networks, and faith-based initiatives. Dr. Hill has engaged in all phases of research and evaluation, including program and evaluability assessments, performance measurements, and policy analyses. He formerly directed the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Andrea J. Sedlak, PhD, is a social psychologist with experience in research on children, youth, and families, with special focus on troubled, vulnerable, and victimized groups. She has designed and conducted studies on child abuse and neglect, adopted children and their families, missing children, runaway and homeless youth, and juvenile offenders in residential placement. Her methodological expertise ranges from large-scale national incidence designs to in-depth interviews on highly sensitive subjects, and she is adept at devising creative methods to maintain confidentiality and anonymity of study data.