The POFO Advisory Board was constituted in the Fall of 2009, after a number of the baseline manuscripts had been prepared and submitted for publication.  The board of advisors was sought to provide input on the analyses of the data, including all longitudinal analyses, and on the goals and study design of the proposal to continue to follow the POFO cohort into young adulthood. The POFO Research Team intentionally sought the input of researchers in the field who were experts in orphan research and/or care and came from a variety of disciplinary and practice backgrounds. The team sought individuals who would express differing perspectives based on their previous experiences, research and thoughts about care for orphaned and abandoned children.

Lucia Cluver, PhD, University Lecturer, Dept of Social Policy & Social Work, Oxford University and Cape Town Child Welfare Society. Dr. Cluver has published widely on issues related to orphaned and vulnerable children living in communities in South Africa.

Shannon Dorsey, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine.  Dr. Dorsey’s research and clinical focus is on evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents. Within this area, she has focused particularly on evidence-based interventions for youth impacted by trauma, youth with behavior disorders, and youth involved with child welfare.

Amy Hepburn, MPP, is a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Director of the Human Rights Track of the Program on Global Governance and Policy at the Duke University Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Kiersten Johnson, PhD, is a researcher with Macro International working with the MEASURE Demographic Health Survey on large-scale cross-cultural projects. Since 1984, the MEASURE DHS project has provided technical assistance to more than 240 surveys in 75 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries. Johnson has analyzed data and authored numerous papers from the DHS.

Richard B. McKenzie, PhD, is the Walter B. Gerken Professor of Enterprise and Society at The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Professor McKenzie has written on a range of economic topics, but has also conducted research on the outcomes of over 2,500 alumni from American orphanages.  He is an alumnus of Barium Springs Home for Children where he grew up in the 1950s.

Patricia Paul-Carson, MSW, was the former manager of Intercountry Adoption Services for the Canadian government and consulted with UNICEF and the Cambodian government on developing an intercountry adoption system. She is responsible for communications for Child Haven International Children’s Home in India.

June Tibaleka grew up in Uganda and is currently a Duke University Medical Student.

Doug Webb, PhD, is UNICEF’s Children and AIDS Advisor in Eastern and Southern Africa

The POFO Research Team also seeks input from Lorraine Sherr, a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in Clinical Health Psychology at the Royal Free and University College Medical School. She is head of the Health Psychology Unit. She is executive editor of the International Journals AIDS Care and Psychology Health and Medicine and co-editor of Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.