Jessica Dym Bartlett

Jessica Dym Bartlett

Research Scholar, Massachusetts Office Director, Waltham, MA

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Education & Certification

PhD, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University; M.S.W., Simmons School of Social Work, MA, Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University, MSW, Simmons School of Social Work

Jessica Dym Bartlett, MSW, PhD, is a research scholar in the early childhood research area at Child Trends and director of the organization’s Massachusetts office. She leads training and technical assistance initiatives and conducts applied research on interventions to promote the social and emotional well-being and mental health of infants, young children, and caregivers exposed to trauma and adversity, including child abuse and neglect, parental mental illness, poverty, and natural disasters and pandemics. She has expertise in a range of methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental studies, mixed method designs, observational studies, analysis of large administrative datasets, and participatory action research. Dr. Bartlett is currently co-principal investigator for the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement and for a randomized controlled trial (RCT) examining the impact of the Newborn Behavioral Observations on maternal mental health and mother-infant interactions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is also the lead evaluator for two National Child Traumatic Stress Network grants—the Resilience Through Relationships Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE) Program at the University of California Davis. Dr. Bartlett serves on the steering committee and co-chairs the Evaluation Community of Practice for SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative and is a founding member of the Massachusetts Infant Mental Health Association Research Committee. In addition, she has a broad applied background, having worked for over a decade as a child and family psychotherapist, home visitor, and mental health consultant in Head Start, early childhood education programs, and school settings. Dr. Bartlett’s work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications, policy and practice briefs, and juried conferences, and has been featured in media outlets such as PBS NewsHour, The Economist, The Chronicle of Social Change, USA Today, and National Public Radio.


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External Publications by Jessica Dym Bartlett

Trauma-informed care in the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project It’s not as simple as it sounds. Problems and solutions in accessing and using administrative child welfare data for evaluating the impact of early childhood interventions The moderating effect of relationships on intergenerational risk for infant neglect by young mothers Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) expert convening on infant and early childhood mental health consultation An ecological analysis of infant neglect by young mothers Implementation of a workforce initiative to build trauma-informed child welfare practice and services: Findings from the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project The effect of Early Head Start on child welfare system involvement: A first look at longitudinal child maltreatment outcomes The effects of an infant-focused family-centered hospital and home visiting intervention on reducing symptoms of postpartum maternal depression: A pilot study Research-to-practice brief: Promising evidence that Early Head Start can prevent child maltreatment Family engagement and school readiness Parenting and early intervention: The impact on children’s social and emotional skill development Early Head Start: Mental health, parenting, and impacts on children Tell Me A Story: A literacy-based intervention to help children, early care providers, and parents talk about difficult topics Reducing parental depression and its impact on children Limiting home visiting effects: Maternal depression as a moderator of child maltreatment Measuring what matters: Using data to support family progress Family well-being: A focus on parental depression Social and emotional development in infancy Links between a childhood history of abuse and child neglect by adolescent mothers Neglecting neglect no more: Increasing awareness of child neglect from a social work perspective Initial findings from a randomized, controlled trial of Healthy Families Massachusetts: Early program impacts on young mothers’ parenting Resilience in parenting among young mothers: Family and ecological risks and opportunities Resilience in infancy: A relational approach Placing relationships at the core of early care and education programs