Christina Christopoulos

Christina Christopoulos started her career at Duke in 1987 and in 1990 she became the coordinator of the Fast Track program, a longitudinal, multi-site prevention/intervention program aiming at reducing antisocial behavior. Since 2002 she has been the senior evaluation researcher of the Durham Family Initiative (DFI), a prevention/intervention program designed to reduce child maltreatment in the Durham Community. As DFI's senior evaluation researcher, she consulted in all aspects of evaluation, helping design studies, develop assessment tools, and coordinate and supervise data collections.

In collaboration with the DFI research team, Christopoulos assisted in the evaluation of the Multiple Response System (MRS), a family-centered response system to child protection that was introduced by the North Carolina Division of Social Services in 10 pilot counties in June 2002. The report titled "Multiple Response System Evaluation Report to the North Carolina Division of Social Services," was presented to the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30, 2006.

Christopoulos also consulted on the Evaluation of Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care, a five-year grant designed to develop an evaluation process to determine whether community-based, interagency Systems of Care (SOC) can effectively achieve positive outcomes for children and families involved with child welfare agencies and their partner agencies.

In 2008 she became the principal investigator for two contracts to evaluate the HillRAP intervention in the Durham and Davie county Public Schools. HillRAP is an intensive remediation program for students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder. It was first designed and implemented at the Hill Center, a private school in Durham, North Carolina, and was subsequently revised for use in the public schools as a Tier 3 intervention in the Response to Intervention continuum.

Christopoulos is currently the evaluator of the Alamance Alliance for Children and Families, a six-year cooperative agreement awarded by SAMHSA to the Alamance County Department of Social Services. The program’s goal is to create a System of Care infrastructure to help families with children birth through five who have serious social-emotional difficulties.

In 2012 she became the evaluator for Project LAUNCH, a three-year SAMHSA grant. The program's goal is to improve the systems that serve young children so that all children birth through eight may reach their physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral potential. Using a public health approach, the project will link, support and enhance promotion and prevention of family-centered resources for young children and families. Alamance County is the demonstration site for this project, and best practices identified through it will be disseminated widely in the state.

In the same year Christopoulos became a co-evaluator for the Partnering for Excellence Project funded by the Duke Endowment. The goal of the project is to explore the current child mental health and child welfare systems to understand how they currently work together, how children move through the system, and how data are shared.

Research Interests:
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - 1988
  • Post-doctorate Duke University, Durham, NC - 1987
  • M.A. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - 1984
  • B.A. University of Athens, Athens, Greece - 1980

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