Research Associate Professor, Senior Research Analyst
What I do
Whenever possible, rigorous research, knowledge of best practices and the needs of the community should inform program development, clinical practice, teaching and policy making. Our most effective work happens when we take into account ways in which individual, family and cultural systems impact child and family well-being.
Rienks has over 15 years of experience at the national, state and local levels in research and evaluation, with strengths in research design, development and testing of measurement tools, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and research and evaluation consulting and capacity-building. She has led several federally funded longitudinal studies, including an examination of the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children's health, organization-level integration of services, early literacy programming, community need for services, and the development of a 360 leadership assessment and feedback process for child welfare staff that has been widely adopted.
Rienks holds a BA from Princeton University and a PhD in developmental psychology with a quantitative research methods concentration from the University of Denver.
- Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Denver, 2007
- MA, Developmental Psychology, University of Denver, 2005
- BA, Psychology, Princeton University, 1995
Licensure / Accreditations
- Certified Mediator
- Society for Social Work and Research
- Development of a multidimensional approach to assessing organizational health
- Trauma Experiences of Urban American Indian Parents/Caregivers Involved with Child Welfare Systems
- Developmental differences in ACEs as predictors of complex health profiles among children involved in child welfare
- Utilizing 360-degree assessments for program evaluation and leadership development with child welfare managers
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Children’s Complex Health Concerns