Deborah Daro

Family Engagement Faculty Expert
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

Prior to joining Chapin Hall in January 1999, Dr. Daro served as the Director of the National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research, a program of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, where she contributed to the development of Health Families America. With over 20 years of experience in evaluating child abuse treatment and prevention programs and child welfare reform efforts, she has directed some of the largest multi-site program evaluations completed in the field. All of her program assessments have included a unique blend of quantitative and qualitative components, resulting in findings which have both statistical and program relevance.
Most recently, Dr. Daro’s research and written work has focused on developing reform strategies that embed individualized, targeted prevention efforts within more universal efforts to alter normative standards and community context. She also is examining strategies to create more effective partnerships among public child welfare agencies, community-based prevention efforts and informal support systems. Dr. Daro has served as President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and as Treasurer and Executive Council member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.