Northcentral University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Scott W.M. Burrus, Co-Publishes Article in Journal of Child Custody

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The article, “Do Dads Matter? Child Welfare Outcomes for Father-Identified Families,” is the result of a study conducted to understand how fatherhood identification in child welfare care planning influences outcomes.

Northcentral University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Scott W.M. Burrus, has co-published an article in the Journal of Child Custody. The journal is published four times a year by Taylor and Francis, Inc. and provides access to the ideas, opinions, and experiences of leading experts in the field and keeps readers up-to-date with the latest developments in the field as well as discussions elucidating complex legal and psychological issues.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Fatherhood Initiative to facilitate increased fatherhood engagement. Dr. Burrus’ article, “Do Dads Matter? Child Welfare Outcomes for Father-Identified Families,” is the result of a secondary data analysis study conducted in order to understand how fatherhood identification in child welfare care planning influences outcomes. The study sought to answer the following four questions: Are cases that identify fathers associated with decreased time in foster care, shorter time to permanent placement, more reunifications, and increased use of kinship permanency? The children in cases that identified fathers spent more time with a parent during their child welfare case and therefore less time in foster care. These cases more often resulted in reunification with a parent.

Dr. Burrus has been Northcentral’s Provost and CAO since June 2012 and previously served as Vice Provost, and in other academic leadership positions beginning in 2007. His background in educational and social policy research has focused primarily on child abuse prevention, early childhood education, program development in schools, substance use prevention and treatment, child welfare policy, juvenile justice, and cost study applications. Dr. Burrus has worked on over 20 publically and privately funded research studies, managing millions of dollars in grant funding that resulted in over 50 publications and conference presentations.

“We encourage continued research and publications from the faculty and the academic leadership at Northcentral,” notes Dr. Burrus. “Our faculty members are committed to academic research that contributes to their respective fields and own professional growth.” Northcentral currently employs nearly 600 faculty members in its three schools; School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, School of Business and Technology Management and School of Education.

About Northcentral University
Founded in 1996, and located in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Northcentral University is an accredited, private, online university serving adult students around the world. Northcentral’s weekly course starts—with no physical residency requirements—are designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Degree programs are customized to each student’s interests, and faculty and advisors provide one-to-one guidance to ensure academic success.

Northcentral University offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business and technology management, education, and behavioral and health sciences. About 95 percent of NCU’s current students are enrollment in Master’s or doctoral programs in business, education, psychology and marriage and family therapy.

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Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440, http://www.ncahlc.org).

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) supervises the accreditation of Northcentral's School of Business and Technology Management.

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