Diana Serrano

2015 Rappaport Public Policy Doctoral Fellow

May 1, 2015
Diana Serrano
Graduate Degree: Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree: Willamette University
Area of Interest: Immigration and Education Issues
Mentors: Julie Boatright Wilson, Harvard Kennedy School and Antoniya Owens, Center for Education Policy Research
Agency: The Children's Trust, Massachusetts Department of Education
Supervisor: Sarita Rogers, Director of Home Visiting
 Project Description: During her time at the Children’s Trust Diana worked to construct a measurement tool that assesses parental capacity. The initial weeks of her placement she met with organization members and did an extensive literature review. Once she identified the dimensions of parental capacity, she worked with her supervisor to identify data availability within the organization that measure factors that directly and indirectly impact parental capacity, these included: parental mental illness, substance misuse, intimate partner violence – to name a few. Based on the identified risk factors, she was able to create three family profiles using latent profile analyses. Based on these profiles service providers can better tailor service delivery to meet the specific needs of families.