Raelene joined NCCD in 1997 as a senior research associate and was promoted to senior researcher in 1999. She served as the director of NCCD's Children's Research Center from 2005 until 2016, when she turned her focus exclusively to international and special projects. Raelene has many years of experience as a child protective services worker, supervisor, and child interview specialist. She has also worked in law enforcement and mental health. Raelene has a Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in social service systems.
Raelene has managed numerous projects during her tenure at NCCD, including Structured Decision Making® (SDM) systems in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. She works to integrate the best research on SDM assessment systems with the best of solution-focused and family engagement work. Implementation science and research on how we think is further informing Raelene’s work that integrates SDM systems into a broader practice approach.
Raelene seeks opportunities for international collaboration and research partnerships. Recent conversations with child welfare practitioners and academics around the world make clear that while there are important differences, child protection and other social service systems across the world face many of the same challenges. In partnerships, we all have much to gain.
Raelene is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and previously served on state chapter boards of each.
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Recent publications from Raelene Freitag: