Jessica Pearson, Center for Policy Research, Co-Project Director, Policy Co-Lead
Jessica Pearson, PhD, is the Director at Center for Policy Research (CPR). Dr. Pearson serves as the SAVES Center’s Co-Project Director and is responsible for convening and facilitating the national advisory board, overseeing all CPR efforts for the SAVES Center, providing training and technical assistance support, co-leading the evaluation of pilot interventions at the sites, and engaging in the development of new policy and administrative guidance. She is a nationally recognized expert on child support, responsible fatherhood, and domestic violence. Dr. Pearson is an effective project director and has worked with federal, state, and local agencies to design, implement, and evaluate more than 100 demonstration and evaluation projects dealing with domestic violence, mediation, parenting-time, and all aspects of child support. She led pioneering research on hospital-based paternity, parenting time programs, access and visitation, supervised visitation, and parent education. Dr. Pearson also did research on victims of domestic violence in the Colorado, Massachusetts, and Minnesota child support systems. This included assessing the rate of domestic violence disclosure using different screening methods, victim interest in receiving child support, and experiences with the good cause application process. With the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, she directed the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Building Evidence for Domestic Violence Evidence and Services Project. Dr. Pearson directs the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN), which promotes rigorous evaluation and policy development in the fatherhood field.