Clea McNeely has a joint appointment with the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence and the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also serves as Vice President of Programming for the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Dr. McNeely researches positive youth development across social contexts, with a particular emphasis on schools. Her work with refugees and immigrants includes national cross-site evaluations of the Caring Across Communities program (funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and GWU Health and Health Care in the Schools) and the Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) program. Her current research focuses on how youth make successful transitions to adulthood in regions of political conflict around the globe and in areas of economic and social distress within the United States. As part of this research agenda, Dr. McNeely carries out evaluations of programs and policies to promote the health of young people.
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This study reveals the challenges and successes of collaboration between refugee resettlement services and Head Start, and demonstrates that increasing the Early Head Start and Head Start enrollment of young children in refugee families is possible through intersectoral collaboration. The report focuses on study sites in Phoenix, AZ and Syracuse, NY.