Meet the Staff

Dr. Francesca Adler Baeder

Principle Investigator

Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D. is Professor and Extension Specialist in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. Her research interests focus on relational health among youth, couples, stepfamilies, and families under stress. She is also the executive director of the National Stepfamily Resource Center. Dr. Adler-Baeder has been involved for over 2 decades in bridging research and practice through applied research projects and resource and program development. She began work on the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative in 2002 with a large consortium of state and local partners. She has authored more than 60 academic publications and presented more than 200 professional workshops and research presentations. She has been awarded the 2007 Strengthening Alabama Families Award, the 2009 AU Distinguished Diversity Researcher Award, the 2013 AU Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award, and in 2015 was named a Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations for her exceptional record of grant procurement; her development, delivery and evaluation of programs to enhance family relationships, especially her efforts targeting young parents, people of color and low resource families; and her mentoring of future leaders in the field of family science. Dr. Adler-Baeder lives with her husband Patrick, and their 4 children in Auburn, Alabama.

Ami Landers

Project Manager

Ami Landers – Ami Landers is the Project Manager of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP) Evaluation Project. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Auburn University in Adult Education. She has an extensive partnership with ADCANP and their funded grantees and oversees the performance measurement, data collection, reporting, and statistical procedures used in the analysis and evaluation for all ADCANP funded programs, including those funded by TANF. Ms. Landers has over 25 years’ experience working with outreach programs and for the last seven years, overseeing evaluation efforts of these programs funded by state and federal entities. She has vast experience in community based programming and has facilitated home visits, parenting programs, marriage and relationship education programs and is trained in the various curricula implemented by these programs. Her research interests include community based child abuse and neglect prevention programs and their outcomes.

Phillip Haynes

Program Analyst

Phillip Haynes– Phillip Haynes is the Program Analyst of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP) Evaluation Project. He obtained his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Georgia. Phillip has extensive experience developing, implementing and evaluating programs for children and adults. Within the ADCANP evaluation project, Phillip is responsible for data collection, data management, analyses, and preparation of stakeholder reports and dissemination through web-based, community-based, and academic outlets.

Donna Roland

Outreach Programs Administrator

Donna Roland– Donna Roland is the Outreach Programs Administrator for the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Evaluation project located at Auburn University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University in 2004. Additionally, she is the fiscal manager for the project and also manages data that is critical to measuring the outcomes and program effectiveness of community based child abuse and neglect prevention programs across Alabama.

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