Predictive Analytics Panel at the Center for New York City Affairs

Luke Gerber participated as a panelist in a discussion of predictive analytics in child welfare, along with fellow panelists Andrew White, Virginia Eubanks, Richard Wexler and moderator Martha Raimon. Titled “Automating Inequality Using Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare”, the panel was hosted by the Child Welfare Organizing Project and the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. Panelists presented differing opinions on the issue and had a heated debate around the use of predictive analytics in the child welfare field. View some news coverage of the event here.

New Staff Spotlight: Yana Mayevskaya

We are excited to welcome Yana Mayevskaya to our team. Yana moved to New York from California to pursue her MPH degree at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. At Columbia, Yana focused on child protection in the humanitarian field. While studying, she worked for the Care and Protection of Children Learning Network and consulted on several evaluations of empowerment programs for women and girls globally. In addition to this recent research experience, Yana managed programs for young people and their families in San Francisco and coached a junior varsity cheerleading team. For fun, she loves to dance salsa, trapeze, and travel! To learn more about her background, please see her bio on our team’s page.

Learning Lunch Series: Susan Jacobs

Action Research hosted Susan Jacobs as a guest speaker as part of our learning lunch series on February 8, 2018. Susan Jacobs is special counsel and founder of the Center for Family Representation (CFR). To learn more about CFR, please visit She has years of experience representing parents and families in child protection proceedings in the New York City Family Court. Action Research appreciated the opportunity to speak with her and learned the history of New York City family court system, the evolution of parent legal representation in New York City, and her experiences representing children and families in child protection cases.

Learning Lunch Series: Joel Miller

Action Research hosted Joel Miller as a guest speaker at our weekly learning lunch series. Dr. Joel Miller is an associate professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Miller has spent nearly two decades conducting criminal justice research in both academic and policy settings and joined the Rutgers faculty in 2009. His work is international in scope, reflecting a career that has seen employment at the UK Home Office, the University of Malaga in Spain, and the Vera Institute of Justice, New York. He has conducted research on a range of criminological topics including, lifestyles and offending, risk assessment, offender rehabilitation, and police accountability. He discussed some of his current work with our team.

Move to New Office!

Welcome to Industry City! We moved to 132 32nd Street in Brooklyn at the end of August 2017. Located in a former factory called the Briq building, the new offices have more space, upgraded technology, greater privacy, and options for growth. We are fortunate to work now in one of Lonely Planet’s ten most interesting neighborhoods to visit in the world. The Sunset Park area is a diverse neighborhood with a remarkable mix of cultures and communities, and with a dynamic waterfront commercial development called Industry City. We look forward to welcoming visitors.

New Staff Spotlight: Yuk (Erica) Pang

We welcome Dr. Yuk (Erica) Pang to our team! Erica is a human development and family studies scholar interested in the role of race, class, and gender in families of color, as well as adolescent and young adulthood development. Prior to joining Action Research, Erica served as a graduate research assistant at the Iowa State University Child Welfare Research and Training Project while obtaining her doctorate. Erica received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. and PhD. in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. To learn more about her background, please see her bio on our team’s page.