Charles Izzo
Research Associate

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
I serve on the Steering Committee of the Chemung County School Readiness Project, a community-driven effort to provide universal developmental and family support services from birth through age 5. I provide consultation regarding program planning, delivery, and evaluation.  I am also actively seeking funds for an independent research project involving this project.

Current Research Activities
I have a community research project underway that examines how vaious participant characteristics influence the delivery of nurse home visiting services to new mothers, as well as the influence of home visitation on maternal functioning.

I am also conducting a series of studies, together with John Eckenrode and Elliot Smith, examining factors that moderate the relationship between child maltreatment and negative adolescent outcomes using data from the NSCAW (introduced in previous section). The first two studies, now completed and published in edited volumes by the Brookings Institution and Research Triangle Institute, report new strategies we have developed for measuring physical abuse, and demonstrate their utility for predicting adolescent outcomes. A third study, now underway, utilizes these measurement approaches to examine a range of protective factors that moderate the link between maltreatment and negative outcomes.


Biographical Statement
Charles Izzo received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (University of Illinois, Chicago) and was the recipient of an NIMH Fellowship in Urban Children’s Mental Health and AIDS Prevention (1994 - 1997) and the American Psychological Association, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Dissertation Award (1999). He is now a Research Associate at the Family Life Development Center, Cornell University. His research addresses the factors that promote positive family functioning among high-risk families and he has been involved in the design and analysis of several evaluations of large-scale prevention programs. He has authored numerous articles and chapters about early interventions to promote strong families, and about using science to improve community-wide programming efforts.

He is currently conducting a series of studies examining factors that affect the relationship between child maltreatment and negative child outcomes using the National Study of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW). He also conducts field research in Chemung County, NY looking at provider effectiveness in home visiting programs, and factors related to client retention in these programs.

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Izzo, C.V., Smith, E.G., Biemer, P., & Christ, S.L. (In press). Latent classification of physical abuse as a
     predictor of adolescent functioning. In M.B. Webb & K. Dowd (Eds.), Child Welfare and Child Well-
. Oxford University Press.

Eckenrode, J., Izzo, C.V., & Smith, E.G. (2006). Physical abuse and adolescent development.
    In R. Haskins, F. Wulczyn, and M.B. Webb (editors), Practical Knowledge for Child Welfare 
    Practitioners: Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being
. Washington, D.C.: 
    Brookings Institute. 

Izzo, C. V., Eckenrode, J. E., & Olds, D. L. (2005). Reducing the Impact of Uncontrollable Stressful Life
     Events through a Program of Nurse Home Visitation to New Parents. Prevention Science6(4), 269-274. 

Izzo, C. V., Bradshaw, C. P., Connell, J. P., & Gambone, M. A. (2003). Understanding and improving 
    youth development initiatives through evaluation. In S. F. Hamilton and M. A. Hamilton (Eds.) Handbook 
    of Youth Development: Principles, Environments and Systems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications