Jessica Dym Bartlett conducts applied research on child welfare, child trauma, and other early childhood adversities, with a focus on identifying individual, family, and contextual factors that contribute to resilience among young children and their families. She has expertise in a range of methodologies, such as randomized controlled trials, mixed method designs, observational studies, analysis of large administrative datasets, and participatory action research. Her current work includes serving as Co-Principal Investigator on a 15-state longitudinal randomized controlled trial study of resilience to child abuse and neglect in Early Head Start, and as Evaluator for two evidence-based child trauma training projects. In addition to her research interests, Jessica has a broad applied background, having worked for over a decade as a child and family psychotherapist, early childhood mental health consultant, and adoption placement worker for abused and neglected children.
Jessica completed her undergraduate (B.A.), Master’s (M.A.), and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees in child study and human development at Tufts University. She received a doctoral fellowship award from the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) for her dissertation research on discontinuity in intergenerational cycles of child maltreatment, and she received an award for her completed dissertation from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37). Jessica also has a Master’s degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) from Simmons School of Social Work.