- Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2005
- M.A., University of Virginia, 2001
- B.A., Emory University, 1996
Maryfrances is the Youth-Nex Program Evaluations Leader conducting community-based research and managing evaluation contracts at the local and state level on youth development-related projects.
She studied psychology as an undergraduate at Emory University and received her Master’s in clinical psychology at U.Va. in 2001. In 2005, Maryfrances completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at U.Va. with an emphasis on community psychology. She brings with her a wealth of community-related experience, working with local agencies to evaluate strengths and needs; and implement strategic, data-driven change.
Maryfrances came to the Curry School of Education from Early Steps, where she was the project director, managing daily operations at this national, three-site, multi-reporter, multi-method, longitudinal clinical research project. She has done extensive work with the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families leading efforts to foster a strength-based system of services for children with mental health needs. She has experience collaborating with families; providing clinical, research and training in the areas of family violence, mental health and other youth development areas. She has also presented widely on clinical and public policy issues to numerous local child-based committees and organizations.