Professor Jon Korfmacher’s research focuses on differential responses of children and families to early childhood intervention programs. He is interested in understanding why families participate in these programs, what the experience is like for them, and what types of services work best for different families under different circumstances. He also studies the training and professional development of early childhood service providers.He is also a faculty associate with the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy and a graduate fellow of Zero To Three.

Areas of Expertise

Program processes and parent involvement in early childhood interventions; infant mental health; emotional development; and child assessment.

Honors

  • Solnit Fellow, Zero To Three, 2001-2002 (and Graduate Fellow Mentor, 2005-2006)
  • Fellow, Rochester Child Health Congress, 1999-2001
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota. 1988-90

Education

B.A. in psychology, Stanford University;
Ph.D. in clinical psychology/child development, University of Minnesota.

Related Experience

  • Faculty Associate, Herr Research Center for Children and Families (Erikson Institute), Chicago, IL, 2007 – present
  • Faculty, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL, 1998 – present
  • Child Psychologist, Kempe Children’s Center, Denver, CO, 1996 – 1998
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 1994 – 1996
  • Research Fellow and Senior Instructor, Kempe Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health; Kempe Children’s Center Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, 1993 – 1998
  • Clinical Child Psychology Intern, Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1992 – 1993
  • Research Assistant, Departments of Child Development, Pediatrics and Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1989 – 1992

Service

  • President and Board Member, Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (also Chair, Nominating Committee and Co-chair of Research and Best Practice Committee)
  • Member, Home Visiting Task Force of Illinois Early Learning Council
  • Member, Early Childhood Committee of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership
  • Consultant, St. Anthony Hospital/Project Hope, 2007 – 2009
  • Consultant, Strategic Learning Initiative’s Early Childhood Parent Involvement Program (Chicago, IL)
  • Evaluation Consultant, NY HFA Randomized Trial Longitudinal Follow-up Study, 2007 – 2008
  • Member, International Advisory Committee for “Fostering a Healthy Early Development: A Home Visitation Project”, program and research conducted by the Center for the Study of Violence, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Consulting Editor, Infant Mental Health Journal, 2009
  • Consultation to the American Academy of Pediatrics on the research project Assessing Child Report of Asthma Health Status, 2002 – 2006

Research

Developing a Cross-Program Assessment of Quality in Home Visitation, 2010-2012. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trust.

Co-investigator, Evaluation of Supporting Home-Based Providers Professional Development Program, 2010. Funded by Action For Children.

Implementation and Evaluation of the Illinois Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative, 2009-2011. Funded by the Irving Harris Foundation.

Co-investigator 2009-2011, Early Childhood Block Grant Statewide System Evaluation, 2008-2011. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education

Co-investigator, Multidimensional Examination of Early Childhood Program Quality, 2007 – 2009. Funded by the Head Start Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families.

Co-investigator, Early Childhood Mental Health Policy in the Midwest Region, 2007 – 2008. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Evaluation of National Teacher Academy Early Head Start, 2005 — 2006. Funded by Chicago Public Schools.

Co-investigator, Enhancing Child Preschool Readiness in Early Head Start, 2002 – 2003. Planning grant funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Consultation and Evaluation For An Early Childhood Initiative, 2001 – 2008. Funded by the Community Memorial Foundation.

Early Childhood Interventions: Process and meaning of the helping relationship, 2000. Funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Co-investigator, Doula support for young mothers: A randomized trial, 1999 – 2006. Funded by The Maternal and Child Health Bureau and by the Harris Foundation.

Co-investigator, Early Head Start Local Research Partner Proposal: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center/Family Star, 1996 – 2004. Funded by the Head Start Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families.

Recent Publications

Edwards, R. C., Thullen, M. J., Korfmacher,  J., Lantos, J. D.,  Henson, L. G., & Hans, S. L. (in press). Breastfeeding and Complementary Food:  Randomized Trial of Community Doula Home Visiting. Pediatrics.

Korfmacher, J. (2013). Review and Toolkit: Instruments for Early Childhood Home Visiting  for the CEE/CIS UNICEF Region (with Namrita Chawla). Geneva: UNICEF.

Korfmacher, J., Lasziewski, A., Sparr, M., & Hammel, J. (2013). Assessing quality in home visiting programs. Zero To Three,33(3),10-16

Korfmacher, J. (2012). Researching infant mental health practice and practicing infant mental health research. Zero To Three 33(2), 78-80.

Van Horn, P., Osofksy, J. D., Henderson, D., Korfmacher, J., Thomas, K., & Lieberman, A. F. (2012). Replication of Child-Parent Psychotherapy in community settings. Zero To Three 33(2), 48-54.

Wen, X., Bulotsky-Shearer, R. J., Hahs-Vaughn, D. L., & Korfmacher, J. (in press). Head Start Program Quality: Examination of Classroom Quality and Parent Involvement in Predicting Children’s Vocabulary, Literacy, and Mathematics Achievement Trajectories. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Wen, X., Leow, C., Hahs-Vaughn, D. L., Korfmacher, J, & Marcus, S. M. (in press). Are Two Years Better Than One Year? A Propensity Score Analysis of the Impact of Head Start Program Duration on Children’s School Performance in Kindergarten. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Humphries, M. L., & Korfmacher, J. (2012). The good, the bad, and the ambivalent: Quality of alliance in a support program for young mothers. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Wen, X., Korfmacher, J., Hans, S., & Henson, L. (2010). Young Mothers’ Involvement in a Prenatal and Postpartum Support Program. Journal of Community Psychology 38, 172-190

Korfmacher, J., & Hilado, A. (2008). Creating a Workforce in Early Childhood Mental Health: Defining the Competent Specialist. Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy Research Report. Chicago, IL: Erikson Institute.

Korfmacher, J., Green, B., Staerkel, F., Peterson, C., Cook, C., Roggman, L., Faldowski, R., Schiffman, R. (2008). Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Home Visiting. Child and Youth Care Forum, 37, 171-196.

Korfmacher, J. (2008). Supporting parents around feeding and eating in early childhood. In L. Birch & W. Dietz (Eds). Eating Behaviors of the Young Child: Prenatal and Postnatal Influences on Healthy Eating (p. 185-203). Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Korfmacher, J., Green, B., Spellmann, M., & Thornburg, K.R. (2007). The helping relationship and program participation in early childhood home visiting. Infant Mental Health Journal 28, 450-480.

Korfmacher, J. (2007). The heart of relationship-based care. IMPrint: Newsletter of the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project, 48 (Spring). Retrieved September 20, 2007, from http://www.sickkids.ca/imp.

Korfmacher, J. (in press). Supporting Parents Around Feeding and Eating in Early Childhood. In W Dietz & L. Birch (Eds). Eating Behaviors of the Young Child: Prenatal and Postnatal influences on Healthy Eating. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Korfmacher, J. (2005). Teen parents in early childhood interventions. Zero to Three, 25(4), 7-13.

Hans, S., & Korfmacher, J. (2002). The professional development of paraprofessionals. Zero to Three, 23(2), 4-8.

Korfmacher, J., & Marchi, I. (2002). The helping relationship in a teen parenting program. Zero to Three, 23(2), 21-26.

Spicer, P., Korfmacher, J., Hudgens, T., & Emde, R. (2002) Joining Communities: The Value of and Ethnographic Approach in Early Intervention Research. NHSA Dialog, 5, 340-355.

Korfmacher, J., & Spicer, P. (2002). Toward an Understanding of the Child’s Experience in a Montessori Early Head Start Program. Infant Mental Health Journal, 23, 197-212.

Korfmacher, J. (2001). Harder Than You Think: Understanding What Works, For Whom, And Why in Early Childhood Interventions. Second in a series of occasional papers. Chicago: Erikson Institute Herr Research Center.

Emde, R., Korfmacher, J., & Kubicek, L.F. (2000). Towards a Theory of Early Relationship-Based Intervention. In J.D. Osofsky & H.I. Fitzgerald (Eds.), World Association of Infant Mental Health Handbook of Infant Mental Health: Early Intervention, Evaluation, & Assessment. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Korfmacher, J. (2000). The Kempe Family Stress Inventory: A Review. Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, 24, 129-140.

Korfmacher, J., O’Brien, R., Hiatt, S., & Olds, D. (1999) Differences in Program Implementation Between Nurses and Paraprofessionals in Prenatal and Infancy Home Visitation: A Randomized Trial. American Journal of Public Health, 89, 1847-1851.

Presentations

Addressing Trauma through Child-Parent Psychotherapy: Developing the Workforce and Examining Training. Workshop presenter at the Symposium on Child Trauma in the Public Sector. Chicago, IL (June, 2012).

Defining the Competent Home Visitor. Invited presentation to the National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Washington, DC (February 2012).

Korfmacher, J., , M. (2011, December). Do You Know It When You See It? Measuring Quality in Home Visiting. Field Presentation at Zero To Three 26th National Training Institute, Los Angeles, CA (November, 2012; with Audrey Laszewski & Mariel Sparr).

The Paraprofessional in Home Visiting. Invited presentation to the International Seminar on Home Visitation. São Paulo, Brazil (May, 2011).

Gaylor, E. E., Spiker, D., Snow, M., Flement, J., & Korfmacher J. (2011, April). Statewide Evaluation of the Illinois Preschool for All (PFA) Program: Program Implementation, Classroom Quality and Child Outcomes. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, CAN.

Bulotsky-Shearer, R. J., Wen, X., Faria, A. M., Hahs-Vaughn, D., & Korfmacher, J. (2011, April). Multilevel Latent Profile Analysis of Family Involvement and School Readiness for a Nationally Representative Head Start Sample. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Korfmacher, J., & Humphries, M. (2010, July). Personal support and professional roles in working with young mothers in a prenatal and postnatal intervention program. Paper presented at the Twelfth World Congress of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany. [Note: also co-chair of symposium with Gerhard Seuss: The many facets of the helping relationship and its place in the practice of early interventions: Reports from three intervention programs].

Bulotsky-Shearer, R., Wen, X., Korfmacher, J., & Hahs-Vaughn, D. L. (2010, May). A Multidimensional Examination of Early Childhood Program Quality: Investigating the Contribution of Classroom Process Quality and Parent Involvement to School Readiness Outcomes for Head Start Children. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Korfmacher, J., Hilado, A., & Howard, E. (2008, December). Defining the Competent Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Field Presentation at Zero To Three 23rd National Training Institute, Los Angeles, CA.

Hilado, A., Howard, E., & Korfmacher, J. Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies: Similarities and Differences Across Five States (2007, October). National Summit on Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Development. Milwaukee, WI.

Korfmacher, J., Robinson, J. L., Emde, R. N., Spicer, ,P., Watt, N. F. (2007, March). Findings from a Montessori-based Infant-Toddler Program: Child and Family Outcomes. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Korfmacher, J., Wilhelm, M., Hudgens, T. (2003, November). Montessori and Early Head Start: Forging a Relationship with Materials and Methods. Paper session presented at the 2003 NAEYC Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Korfmacher, J. & Marchi, I. (2001, April). The role of the helping relationship in engaging families in early childhood home visiting intervention. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Little, C., & Korfmacher, J. (1999, August). Program processes related to maternal and child relational functioning. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Korfmacher, J., O’Brien, R., & Hiatt, S. (1999, April). Home visitor and maternal perceptions: Predicting program use and drop-outs in a pregnancy and infancy intervention program. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM. [NOTE: Also Co-Chair of Symposium with L. Gilkerson: The Meaning of Early Intervention Services to Families and Providers]

Robinson, J. L., Korfmacher, J., Hiatt, S., & O’Brien, R. (1999, April). Predicting program use and acceptance of home visitation services by mothers, grandmothers, and male partners. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.

Korfmacher, J. (1997, April). Examining the service provider in early intervention. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, DC.

Korfmacher, J., McCullough, J., & Olds, D. (1997, April). Disruption of the helping relationship and its effects on outcome in home visitation. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, DC.

Korfmacher, J., Younge, P., & Michalek, P. (1996, May). Standardized assessment of child abuse risk: A review. Paper presented at 24th Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Symposium, Keystone, CO.

Hiatt, S. W., & Korfmacher, J. (1995, May). Maternal reports of childhood violence and their relation to adult functioning. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Symposium, Keystone, CO.

Korfmacher, J. (1995, May). Popular views on children and violence: An analysis of American film. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Symposium, Keystone, CO.

Egeland, B., Adam, E., Ogawa, J., & Korfmacher, J. (1995, April). Adult attachment: Implications for the therapeutic process in a home visitation intervention. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Indianapolis, IN.

Korfmacher, J., & Erickson, M. F. (1995, April). Promoting sensitivity in parent-infant relationships in a preventive intervention program. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Indianapolis, IN.