Jennifer Cotter, New Associate Director

Jennifer Cotter, New Associate Director

August 25, 2015 | Minna Toloui, Communications Associate

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The NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) is pleased to congratulate Jennifer Cotter on her new role as associate director. Jennifer has been with NCCD for five years and has experience with programs in both child welfare and adult protective services (APS).  

The NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) is pleased to congratulate Jennifer Cotter on her new role as associate director. Jennifer has been with NCCD for five years and has experience with programs in both child welfare and adult protective services (APS).  

Jennifer has taken the approach of broadening the scope of child welfare work during her time at NCCD, including welfare-to-work programs, the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model, and the expansion of NCCD’s APS work. Jennifer has been “focused on keeping a variety of service systems … in [her] experience” with specific attention toward international work, work with Alaskan tribal organizations, and APS.  

In her new role, Jennifer will continue think about “ways the organization can be more innovative in responding to the needs of the field … and [how to] get them more useful tools” for decision making. Internally, Jennifer will support project managers and their teams with tasks, from proposal writing to ongoing implementation support.  

Jennifer also has an eye toward international work on the horizon, as projects in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and Singapore have created opportunities for expanding work to areas such as practice skill integration, developing decision-support tools for mandated reporters, and creating more sensitive and accurate assessment instruments. She would also like to expand her current child abuse prevention work with two tribal organizations in Alaska, a project now in its fourth year. Jennifer’s range of experience and expertise brings an exciting vision and leadership capacity to CRC.  

NCCD is looking forward to Jennifer’s contributions in this new role. To read some of Jennifer’s recent writing, click here.