Research & Innovation

Yu Bai, PhD

Statistician III

Yu has worked with Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy since 2008 on a number of projects researching and evaluating early childhood programs. As statistician for FCI, his work includes data management and analysis, as well as developing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Phil Nousak, MS

Database Analyst

Phil has been with Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy since 2010 and has worked on a number of early childhood intervention projects. At FCI, he provides SAS, database and reporting support for our research team.

Karen Pope

Analyst Programmer

Karen Pope is an analyst programmer who has been with the Center for Child and Family Policy since 2001, working on a number of early childhood projects. As part of FCI’s team, Karen provides database and reporting support to our research team and to Family Connects sites.

Anna Rybińska, PhD

Research Scientist

Anna joined the Center for Child and Family Policy in August 2019, working as a postdoctoral research scientist on several projects, including FCI. Her research interests focus broadly on the variation in family formation patterns across time, space, and social groups and the implications of family formation patterns on the well-being of mothers and their children.

Peter Rehder, PhD

Research Scientist

Peter is a research scientist working on several projects at the Center for Child and Family Policy, including FCI. His research uses a biopsychosocial approach to understanding parent–child relationships, self-regulatory development, and emerging externalizing and neurodevelopmental psychopathology in infancy and childhood. For his work with FCI, Peter primarily assesses the short- and long-term impacts of Family Connects on parenting and children’s social, emotional, and cognitive functioning.

Winona Weindling, Ed.M.

Research Analyst

Prior to joining FCI, Winona worked with the NC Early Education Coalition, advocating for and researching policies that benefit infants, toddlers, and their families. She has also worked in child care centers and elementary schools supporting young children’s learning and development. At FCI, Winona supports ongoing research projects and reports on program implementation.

Research & Innovation

We are intellectually curious. We are data-driven. We are caring and committed.

We don’t have all the answers. But we’ve learned a lot so far and we want to learn more.

Family Connects International is driven by a desire to find the most effective ways to have a positive impact on population health. We seek systems change to improve child and family health and well-being. This means that we encourage and support the design and evaluation of innovative interventions, whether those innovations are born here or in the field. We are dedicated to testing our assumptions, examining the evidence, and using it to drive our programmatic decisions.

Dr. Ben Goodman directs the research of FCI, leading a team of data analysts and statisticians at Duke University. This team collaborates with and supports other research scientists conducting independent evaluations in the field.

Learn more about the evidence behind the Family Connects model.