Research Associate Professor
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Child welfare services
- Early childhood education and child development
- Child mental health
- Implementation science
Research Associate Professor Julie McCrae is a Research Scientist at the Butler Institute for Families. The Butler Institute seeks to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families through child welfare research, professional development and organizational capacity building. McCrae's research focuses on the intersection of child welfare and early childhood services, with studies that focus on effective developmental screening practices, increasing young children's access to mental health services, and promoting effective cross-system partnerships.
McCrae is interested in applied research that aims to target child development and mental health through early intervention and prevention. She received federal funding to implement Strengthening Families through Early Care and Education, a maltreatment prevention program, in three Colorado communities. She is currently investigating the effectiveness of literacy and school readiness interventions in child care and early education settings among low-income families. Additionally, McCrae has interests in implementation science and was lead evaluator of the Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC).