Project Staff

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Kelli Hauptman, JD

Director

Kelli Hauptman is the director of the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at the UNL Center on Children, Families and the Law. She was Staff Attorney of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative with the Nebraska Court Improvement Project for 10 years and has clerked for a district court judge in Minnesota. She is a member of the Nebraska Bar and is a guardian ad litem in Douglas County.    

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Cassie Roberts

Project Coordinator

Cassie Roberts is the Project Coordinator for Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children. Prior to this position, she was the Office/Project and Accounting Associate at UNL-Center on Children, Families and the Law from 2014-2016. Since 2007, Cassie has worked primarily in the non-profit sector. She has also worked with diverse populations, including the homeless, victims of domestic violence, people dealing with mental health issues and/or recovering from substance abuse, families living in poverty, and children with special needs. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Dan Wang

Graduate Research Assistant

Dan Wang is a doctoral student in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies in the College of Education and Human Sciences at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on Global Family Health and Wellbeing, specifically studying family dynamics within different contexts including migration, community, and poverty. Dan Wang has a strong background in identifying and interpreting contextual influences on family relationships, with her intercultural experience in China and the US, and professional experience in quantitative and qualitative research design, implement, analysis, and dissemination. She has been working on several grants and projects on cross-cultural studies and program evaluations. 

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Jamie Bahm, MS

Project Manager

Jamie Bahm is a Project Manager with the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at the University of Nebraska’s Center on Children, Families, and the Law. She also provides training and consultation for the Children’s Justice Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Prior to her current position, she worked for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as the Supervisor for the Family Treatment Drug Court program, as well as specializing in casework with adjudicated youth with high behavioral health needs. Jamie earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees, both in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Nebraska.

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Katherine Hazen

Graduate Research Assistant

Katherine Hazen is a Project Evaluator for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children and the Children’s Justice Clinic. Prior to this, Katherine was a Graduate Research Assistant for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (2015-2018) and the Court Improvement Project (2014-2015) at the UNL Center for Children, Families, and the Law. She has also had experience working in diverse areas of the criminal justice system, including the public defender, victim/witness advocacy, wrongful conviction, and corrections. She received her Juris Doctorate in May of 2018 and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Endicott College in 2012. Katherine is a student in the Law-Psychology Program and Social Cognitive Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln pursing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social and Cognitive Psychology (expected 2020). Katherine is also the 2018-2019 Chair for the American Psychology and Law Society Student Committee. 

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Madeline DeVeney

Training and Interactive Media Specialist

Madeline DeVeney is a Training and Interactive Media Specialist with the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at the University of Nebraska’s Center for Children, Families, and the Law.  Prior to this, she was the Event Coordinator and Social Media Manager for Indigo Bridge Books and Café in the Haymarket. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2013, primarily focusing on advocacy and support for marginalized groups in the US.  She received her B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Matthew W. Carlson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Matthew W. Carlson earned his MS in Family Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2013 and received his PhD in Human Development and Family Science in August 2018 at the University of Georgia. He has been practicing marriage and family therapy since 2012 and is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia. Matthew’s research focuses on child sexual abuse, sexual revictimization, family/community contexts, and the role of biological processes in the development of resilience. He is currently serving as a program evaluator for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children.

Meredith Cartwright

Graduate Research Assistant

Meredith is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children at the UNL Center for Children, Families, and the Law. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2019 with a B.S. in Experimental Psychology and Statistics. Meredith is currently pursuing a Masters of Legal Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in the Law-Psychology and Developmental programs at UNL.

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Samantha Byrns, LIMHP

Outreach and Training Specialist

Samantha Byrns is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children.  She is a board certified, licensed mental health practitioner providing outpatient individual and family therapy with specialized training in trauma and early childhood.  She is trained in Trauma-Informed Care (Trainer), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security Parenting (Facilitator), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Reflective Practice/Consultation, Early Coach Training, Pyramid Model Training, Psychological First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  She received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Master of Science in Education Degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Nebraska Counseling Association (NCA) and the Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health (NAIMH).