Maps and Directions
Preston A. Britner
Department of Human Development & Family Studies
University of Connecticut
348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1058 USA
Phone: (860) 486-3765
Fax: (860) 486-3452
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology & Community Psychology, University of Virginia, 1996
M.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Virginia, 1993
B.A., Developmental Psychology, University of Miami, 1990
- Primary Prevention, Diversion, and Evaluation
- Child-Parent Attachment/Caregiving Interactions, Especially in Preschool Years
- Child Maltreatment and Foster Care Correlates and Issues
- Social Policy and Law Affecting Children and Families
- Family-Focused, Community-Based Programs
- Youth Mentoring and Positive Youth Development
|Selected Professional Accomplishments:
- 2012-2017, Grant, Co-PI, Intensive Supportive Housing for Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services [$5 million to Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families ($1.1 million to Anne Farrell, PI, and Preston Britner, Co-PI)]
- Editor Emeritus, The Journal of Primary Prevention
- Editorial Boards, Child Abuse & Neglect and the Journal of Child and Family Studies
- 2010-2012, Member (and 2012 Co-Chair), Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, American Psychological Association
- 2011 Service Excellence Award, UConn AAUP
- 2006-2010 Co-Chair, Families with Service Needs Advisory Board, State of Connecticut
- 2008-2012, Co-Chair, Public Engagement Forum, University of Connecticut
- 2007-2009, Member-at-Large & Executive Committee member, American Psychological Association, Division 37, Section 1 (Child Maltreatment)
- 2009, Co-Chair, University Metanoia Planning Committee, "Preventing Violence against Women," University of Connecticut
- 2007 Fellow, American Psychological Association (APA)
- 2005-2006 Chair, Social Policy Committee, Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA; APA Division 27: Community Psychology)
- 2003-2004 University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow Award, Institute for Teaching and Learning
- Britner, P. A. (2012). Bringing public engagement into an academic plan and its assessment metrics. Special issue: The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN). The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(4), 61-77. http://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/index.php/jheoe/issue/archive
- Bloom, M., & Britner, P. A. (2012). Client-centered evaluation: New models for helping professionals. Boston: Pearson Education/Allyn & Bacon.
Kearney, J., Britner, P. A., Farrell, A. F., & Robinson, J. (2011). Mothers' resolution of their young children's psychiatric diagnoses: Associations with child, parent, and relationship characteristics. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 42(3), 334-348.
- Farrell, A. F., Britner, P. A., Guzzardo, M., & Goodrich, S. (2010). Supportive housing for families in child welfare: Client characteristics and their outcomes at discharge. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(2), 145-154.
- Marvin, R. S., & Britner, P. A. (2008). Normative development: The ontogeny of attachment.
In J. Cassidy & P. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of attachment theory and research (2nd ed.) (pp.269-294). New York: The Guilford Press.
- Russell, B. S., Britner, P. A., & Woolard, J. L. (2007). The promise of primary prevention home visiting programs: A review of potential outcomes. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 34, 129-147.
- Britner, P. A., Balcazar, F. E., Blechman, E. A., Blinn-Pike, L., & Larose, S. (2006). Mentoring special youth populations. Special issue on mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 34(6), 747-763.
- Britner, P. A., Marvin, R. S., & Pianta, R. C. (2005). Development and preliminary validation of the caregiving behavior system: Association with child attachment classification in the preschool Strange Situation. Attachment & Human Development, 7(1), 83-102.
- Britner, P. A., & Mossler, D. (2002). Professionals’ decision-making about out-of-home placements following instances of child abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, 26 (4), 317-332.
- Britner, P. A. (2011, April). Diversion from state legal systems to community-based interventions: Connecticut’s Families With Service Needs (FWSN) model, outcomes, and implications. Invited talk delivered as part of the Social Policy Lecture Series at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
- Randall, K. G., Britner, P. A., Stone, M., & Sokoloff, K. (2010, August). A state model for diverting status offender youth from courts. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
- Britner, P. A. (2009, August). A public health approach to child maltreatment prevention. In K. J. Saywitz & N. M. Malik (Chairs), Behavioral health contributions to child maltreatment prevention in primary care. Paper symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Farrell, A. F., & Britner, P. A. (2009, February). Supportive Housing for Families: A promising model for family preservation and reunification. Invited talk presented at the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) National Conference, Pre-conference Institute on Housing Solutions for Child Welfare Families and Youth, Washington, DC.
- Britner, P. A. (2008, November). Using federal data to compare states’ best practices in adoptions out of foster care. In T. Chibucos (Chair), Special invited symposium: Evaluation of child and family policies. Paper symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Little Rock, AR.
- Britner, P. A. (2008, June). Removal, placement, and permanency: Bringing attachment theory, research, and practice to decisions about children's best interests. Invited talk delivered as a Master Class to the New York City Family Court Judges' Association, New York, NY.
- Britner, P. A. (2007, June). Youth mentoring as prevention: Populations, processes (and a few outcomes), and policies in Connecticut. Invited colloquium delivered at the Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT.