Charles Izzo has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has experience conducting research and outreach in applied settings. His research aims to advance scientific knowledge about the multi-level processes by which programmatic interventions influence human functioning and health. Specifically his research focuses on (1) studying the factors that influence the quality of interactions between those in the helping professions (residential child care, youth work, home visitation) and the clients they serve, and (2) translating that knowledge in a way that practitioners and administrators can apply in their daily professional practices (3) developing and implementing data systems to provide accurate, relevant data while minimizing cost and effort.
My research aims to advance scientific knowledge about the multi-level processes by which programmatic interventions influence human functioning and health. I am most interested in (1) studying the factors that influence the quality of interactions between those in the helping professions (home visiting nurses, residential care workers) and the clients they serve, and (2) translating that knowledge in a way that practitioners and administrators can apply in their daily professional practices.
Finally, my work involves trying to apply rigorous scientific methods to examine complex phenomena in "messy" community settings.
I currently lead the research component of a project that studies the pathways through which an intervention influences relational processes among youth and adults in residential child care facilities. The study also examines program impacts on youth, well-being, staff attitudes, and organizational functioning. Status: We are writing research reports from a completed quasi-experimental study, and are beginning a second multi-site study across New York State.
I strive to provide students with an integrated experience in translational research. I try to help them learn about the theoretical and epistemological foundations of social science research methods, and to gain a practical understanding of how to apply these principles within the messy world of human service practice settings.
Izzo, C.V., Aumand, B.N., Cash, B.M., McCabe, L.A., & Holden, M.J.
(2014). Exploration of the Youth-Adult Relationship in Residential
Care: Small Glimpses from a Large Sample of Youth.
International Journal of Child and Family Welfare. 15,10-23.
Izzo, C.V., Smith, E.G., Biemer, P., & Christ, S.L. (2009). Latent classification of physical abuse as a predictor of adolescent functioning. In M.B. Webb & K. Dowd (Eds.), Child Welfare and Child Well-being. Oxford University Press.
Leading a multi-site evaluation of a program to enhance the quality of residential care settings for youth.
Co-leading an initiative to implement and study the efficacy of a video feedback method to improve the relational skills of youth workers in 4-H programs.
I develop measurement instruments designed to have utility for program analysis and planning, as well as for research. I collaborate with community organizations to devevelop assessment protocols that fit their organizational and programmatic needs.
I am currently planning projects with 4-H educators to enhance their organizations' CQI activities.
Direct research activities related to the evaluation of the CARE program
Grant writing and reporting activities
Supervise research assistants
Manage all IRB protocols