Sherika Hill, PhD

Executive Director Select,
Evaluation & Innovation Director

Dr. Sherika Hill has worked at the executive level in industry with over seven years of global pharmaceutical research & development experience as a senior portfolio analyst. During this time she oversaw genetics research strategic initiatives in the US and UK. Dr. Hill spent the past 12 years in academia as a scholar and researcher. She rose to the rank of faculty at Duke in 2019 as a clinical epidemiologist with expertise in child mental health outcomes and policy. Her industry and investigative efforts have focused on measuring and achieving population-level impacts for optimal child development, especially for marginalized communities. Dr. Hill brings a community-focused approach to driving systems change, that is informed by deep experience in maternal-child health, public policy, and healthcare administration.

Executive Leadership Team

Debra Best, MD

FCI Medical Director
Managing Director, Community Impact

Debi Best is a pediatrician, practicing at Duke Health, and medical director for both FCI and Family Connects Durham. She oversees Family Connects clinical protocols and directs training and implementation for the model across the U.S. Debi represents FCI with the larger medical community, championing the needs of newborns and their families.

Photo of Dr. Kenneth DodgeKenneth Dodge, PhD

Founder and Principal Investigator

Ken’s research resulted in the Family Connects model and he continues to publish important results from its two randomized controlled trials. He serves as a visionary leader for FCI as the organization expands across the U.S., and guides the policy and research innovations that move FCI toward creating a new system of care for newborn children.

Kim Friedman, JDKimberly Friedman, JD

Managing Director, External Relations

Kimberly Friedman came to the Center for Child and Family Policy and FCI in 2018. As policy engagement and analysis director, Kimberly serves as a model expert and consultant for public stakeholders as they are exploring development of early childhood systems at the local and state levels. She monitors relevant federal and state policy, provides guidance on public/private funding options and explores opportunities to engage with the insurance/managed care industry. Both in her experience as an attorney and as a business development officer for a nonprofit organization, Kimberly’s career has focused on early childhood.

Amy McCann, MAAmy McCann, MA

Managing Director, Internal Operations

Amy McCann is the managing director for FCI. Here, she oversees all financial and administrative aspects of the program, liaising with colleagues at both Duke and the Center for Child & Family Health to bring cohesion and clarity to our operations. Amy came to Duke in 2019 after working on foreign policy and trade-related issues in the federal government.

Advisory Board

Research and Evaluation Committee:

Larry Aber, PhD
Willner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy, Steinhardt School of Cultures, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Bill Bacon, PhD
Director of Evaluation, The Duke Endowment

Oscar Barbarin, PhD
Professor and Chair, African American Studies, University of Maryland

Richard Barth, PhD, MSW
Dean, School of Social Work, University of Maryland

Mary Dozier, PhD
Professor, Unidel Amy Elizabeth du Pont Chair in Child Development, University of Delaware

Karen O’Donnell, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Duke Medical Center (retired); Duke Global Health Initiative, Duke University

Ellen Pinderhughes, PhD
Professor, Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University

Ron Prinz, PhD
Carolina Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina

Kyle Pruett, MD
Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Dissemination and Sustainability Committee:

Deborah Daro, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Libby Doggett, PhD
Advocate & Strategic Change Leader for Early Learning, Washington, DC

Scott Hippert, M.Div
Independent Consultant, nonprofit organizations and early childhood initiatives

Kristy Kent
Senior Program Manager, Blue Cross/Blue Shield NC

Meka Sales, MS, CHES
Director of Special Initiatives, The Duke Endowment

Ralph Smith, J.D.
Managing Director, The Campaign for Grade Level Reading

David Willis, MD, FAAP
Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy