CWRTP Staff

Dr. Carl Weems, PhD

CWRTP Principal Investigator
Dr. Tera Jordan, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, Service Training
Dr. Heather Rouse, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator, CSRU
Dr. Janet Melby, PhD

CWRTP Director, Co-Prinicipal Investigator

Dr. Melby is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She has served as the Child Welfare Research and Training Project (CWRTP) Director since June 2011. In this role she provides overall leadership, management, planning, and direction for all CWRTP contracts. She works closely with project leads and faculty associated with these contracts.

Dr. Melby has extensive experience in conducting externally funded research. Since 1993 she has been a co-investigator, co-principal investigator or principal investigator on 14 federally-funded grants and subcontracts supported primarily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has supervised the observational assessment components of 16 grants awarded to other principal investigators while serving as the Observation Unit Director at the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research (ISBR) and Survey and now at Survey and Behavioral Research Services (SBRS). Her prior experience and her current position as Director of CWRTP provide her with opportunities to work synergistically with a number of researchers at Iowa State University and at other research institutions.

In addition to Dr. Melby’s activities in supporting the research of other investigators, her own research program focuses on two primary areas: (1) factors associated with the development of competence and well-being in children, youth and families, and (2) development and evaluation of measures for assessing human behaviors and interaction processes, specifically observational assessments.
Abhas Bhatt

Technology Services Coordinator

Abhas is the Technology Services Coordinator for the CWRTP Learning Management System. He supervises the Information Technology team and is responsible for the department's IT infrastructure. He joined CWRTP in 2013.
Beth Wing

Administrative Support

Beth Wing is responsible for many of the business functions for the project including accounting, human resources, payroll, and purchasing. She serves as the project’s Telecommunications Coordinator, Key Coordinator, and Grant Coordinator. She has been with the Child Welfare Research and Training Project since it originated in 1988.
Jill Litwiller

Administrative Support

Jill Litwiller’s duties include purchasing supplies, payment of invoices, proof-reading, editing and printing training materials, entering travel authorizations and expenses for approval, and review, approving and entering all travel and non-travel reimbursements, preparing correspondence and tracking attendance records for DHS webinars, and serving as a resource for the Project regarding office policies and University procedures. She joined the CWRTP staff in late 2010.
Erin Carmichael

Undergraduate Office Assistant

Erin Carmichael joined the CWRTP staff in January 2017 as the undergraduate office assistant. Erin is an accounting major at Iowa State University and assists other CWRTP staff in office-related duties. She hails from Marshalltown, Iowa. Carmichael will be joining CWRTP as an undergraduate office assistant on Wednesday, January 25.