Academic Journals

Journal of Family Strengths & Journal of Applied Research on Children


The CHILDREN AT RISK Institute is an academically oriented policy and research collaborative focused on facilitating research and scholarship to promote new and innovative public policy solutions to the challenges faced by children. The Institute oversees the Journal of Family Strengths and the Journal of Applied Research on Children. It further helps guide and direct the research activities of CHILDREN AT RISK, as well as identify new projects and partnerships that will strengthen its research and advocacy.

Institute Membership

Jean Raphael, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair)

Robert Sanborn, Ed.D. (C@R, CEO & President)

Angela Bachim, M.D.

Tamara Brown, Ph.D.

Andrea Burridge, Ph.D.

Camille Gibson, Ph.D.

Chistopher Greeley, M.D.

Elizabeth Gregory, Ph.D.

Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.

Rachael Keefe, M.D.

Sesha Kethineni, Ph.D.

Steven Klineberg, Ph.D.

Susan Kouassi, Ph.D.

Michelle Lopez, M.D.

David McClendon, Ph.D.

Rebecca Pfeffer, Ph.D.

Cathy L. Rozmus, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN

Stella Smith, Ph.D.

Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H.

Journal of Family Strengths (JFS)

The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center – Prairie View A&M University and The TMC Library.  JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.

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Journal of Applied Research on Children

The Journal of Applied Research on Children is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal uniquely focused on the needs of children through a holistic prism. Focused on interdisciplinary research that is linked to practical, evidenced-based policy solutions for children’s issues, JARC serves to inform legislative and policy decisions, as well as existing and innovative practice models. Furthermore, JARC aims to serve as a resource to child advocates and community stakeholders by providing case studies on how innovative research and data have been used effectively to influence local, state, or national policies. JARC focuses on timely child-related topics including—but not limited to—human trafficking, food insecurity, and the quality of public education.

If you have questions about the submission or review process, please contact for assistance.