Dr. Kaela Byers’ scholarship focuses on biodevelopmental and cross-systems approaches to promoting child and family well-being. Dr. Byers has a strong interest in applying advanced analytic approaches and a translational, prevention framework to family, organizational, and systems-level issues that impact young children. Her research to date addresses topics including social determinants of health and toxic stress, promotion of protective factors, child welfare and early childhood systems improvement, and implementation and outcomes evaluation. As an Associate Research Professor at the KU School of Social Welfare, Dr. Byers currently serves as Principal Investigator leading evaluation of the Kansas Family First Prevention Services Act Initiative, longitudinally evaluating the impact of prevention services to keep children safely at home, and as Lead Evaluator of Kansas Strong, a statewide initiative to strengthen child welfare systems in Kansas.
- Early childhood social and emotional development
- Child well-being
- Social determinants of health and toxic stress
- Risk and protective factors
- Child maltreatment and neglect
- Child welfare and maltreatment prevention
- Methods: Structural Equation Modeling, Latent Class Analysis, Regression Modeling, Longitudinal Analysis, Community Based Participatory Research, Concept Mapping