A Note from Michael J. Lawler, MSW, PhD

Review Article Opportunity from CYF and APA

I am writing to inform you about an opportunity to contribute a brief review article to CYF NEWS, a bi-annual newsletter produced by the Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF), which is a standing committee of the American Psychological Association (APA). I will be serving as a guest editor of the special issue, which will focus on the Well-being of American Indian Children, Families, and Communities. The special issue will review programs and practices that address the social, emotional, spiritual, and health needs of American Indian children, families, and communities.

CYF NEWS is a widely disseminated newsletter (here is a link to past issues of CYF news: http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/newsletter/issues.aspx). The audience includes academic researchers, clinical practitioners, policy makers, funding agency representatives, federal lobbyists at APA, and representatives at NIJ, OJJDP, NSF, and NICHD. All have interest in child, youth, and/or family topics and issues in the field. Thus, CYF NEWS contributions have the potential to shape dialogue, policy, and possible future funding directions that can affect the lives of children, youth, and families. It is imperative that contributions to CYF NEWS are well-grounded in scientific research and evidence-based findings.

Details and submission requirements are as follows:

1. Submissions are limited to 1500 words. This word limit does NOT include references or brief author bios, and amounts to about 6 pages.
2. The deadline for submission is August 10th, 2017
3. Co-authors are welcome (including graduate and postdoctoral students)
4. Pictures and brief bios are published with the articles and are due shortly after articles are submitted
5. CYF NEWS is not a peer reviewed journal. I will serve as the guest editor, and will solicit help reviewing contributions as needed
6. The issue will be published in October 2017

  1. Between 3-4 contributions will be included

    If you would like to submit an article, please contact me. We can discuss your proposed submission to ensure it will be tailored appropriately and in the most effective manner possible. I can be reached at michael.lawler@usd.edu

Economic Impact of Tribal Colleges is Significant!

A new report from First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) finds that tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) contribute significantly to both short- and long-term economic development in reservation-based Native communities. The study covered TCUs in the Northwest Area Foundation’s eight-state region.

The report illustrates that the 19 TCUs in the eight-state region of the Northwest Area Foundation serve as immediate economic drivers in reservation-based communities. These 19 TCUs accounted for an average of more than $217 million in revenue between 2010 and 2011, and more than $285 million in net assets. Furthermore, the 19 TCUs employ more than 4,200 individuals.

TCUs also contribute to long-term, sustainable economic development by providing a more skilled workforce, encouraging entrepreneurship and small business development through a range of programs and services, and even offering asset-building programs to all community members through financial education classes and financial coaching.

To read the full article Click here


5 Types Of Organizational Structures

The Complete Guide To The 5 Types Of Organizational Structures For The Future Of Work

Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing about various types of organizational structures that either already exist in today’s business landscape or are starting to emerge as viable options for the future of work. I explore each of these structures and concepts in my book The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.

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American Educational Research Association – AERA Job Alert!

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Principal Research Associate and Managing Director – Education


Company Overview

IMPAQ International, a growing and dynamic social science research firm, provides high-quality research and impact evaluation services, policy analysis, survey research, technology solutions, organizational development, technical assistance and consulting services to U.S. and international government agencies, foundations, and the private sector.  IMPAQ’s mission is to bring together exceptional people to develop innovative and rigorous approaches to evaluate the real-world impact of social policies and programs. IMPAQ offers four locations: our Corporate Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, rated one of America’s Best Small Cities; Downtown Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts and a Bay Area office in Oakland, California. IMPAQ has a diverse and collegial work environment and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/Disability/Veterans).

Job Profile

As a Principal Research Associate and Managing Director you will be responsible for participating in planning the strategic direction of IMPAQ’s California Office, assisting in integrating the California office with IMPAQ culture, and assisting California staff in learning how to utilize IMPAQ resources, particularly in research and Business Development (BD) areas.  You will also serve as a liaison between IMPAQ and West Coast staff, providing feedback and reports of activities in California, as requested by IMPAQ Senior Executives.  You will provide overall supervision and leadership for staff in the California Office as well as remote staff.


  • Function as the Account Lead for California, identifying and pursuing new business opportunities in the state
  • Serve as a liaison between IMPAQ Corporate and West Coast staff as requested by IMPAQ Senior Executives
  • Develop new relationships and create new business opportunities
  • Write technical reports and proposals
  • Travel to IMPAQ’s Corporate Office quarterly to meet with Division leadership
  • Conduct and lead program evaluations
  • Perform policy analysis
  • Conduct site visits
  • Make presentations to government clients
  • Provide mentorship, training, and technical supervision while promoting collaboration among researchers
  • Incumbent is responsible for furthering equal employment opportunity by demonstrating fairness in making recommendations for hiring selections, encouraging and recognizing employee achievements, ensuring fair treatment of all employees regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability or other characteristic protected by applicable law


  •  A Ph.D. in Economics, Policy or related social sciences is highly desirable

Knowledge and Experience

  • Have minimum of 10-15 years of experience in conducting applied research for the federal or state governments or in similar environments
  • Be an expert in the areas of program evaluation, econometric methods, and/or experimental and quasi-experimental design
  • Have significant experience supervising and mentoring staff
  • Have business development and technical review experience and have personally brought in new business
  • A track record of publication in professional journals is a plus


  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills
  • Ability to think strategically about research issues and programs
  • Excellent ability to communicate complex technical material, both orally and in writing
  • Strong writing and editing skills a must
Job Information
    • Oakland, California, 94601, United States
    • 26303850
    • December 21, 2015
    • Principal Research Associate and Managing Director – Education
    • IMPAQ International, LLC.
    • Consulting, Consulting
    • No
    • Full-Time
    • Indefinite
    • Ph.D/MS + Exp
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