Mission & History

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP), located within the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through research, advocacy and other specialized services.

NICRP's Mission: The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) looks out for Nevada's children. Our mission is to conduct academic and community-based research that will guide the development of policies, programs and services which will enhance the health and well-being of Nevada's children.


The Goals of NICRP include:
  • Conducting research and reporting on children's issues
  • Provide information that will advance children's causes in Nevada
  • Collaborate with community groups, educators, parents and policy makers to promote a focus on children's issues
  • Represent Nevada's children on a nationwide basis to ensure that their interests are addressed

NICRP's History: NICRP started in 1998 based on a vision of First Lady Sandy Miller. She wanted an organization that could bring credible research and rigorous policy analysis to problems that confront Nevada's children. But she didn't want to stop there. She wanted to transform that research into meaningful legislation that would make a real difference in the lives of our children.

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Staff

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Tara Phebus
Executive Director
Tara.Phebus@unlv.edu

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Amanda Haboush-Deloye
Associate Director
Amanda.Haboush@unlv.edu

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Dawn L. Davidson
Chief Research Associate
Dawn.Davidson@unlv.edu

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Erika Marquez
Research Associate
Erika.Marquez@unlv.edu

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M. Amaris Knight
Assistant Research Analyst
m.amaris.knight@unlv.edu

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Mirzah K. Trejo
Research Assistant
Mirzah.Trejo@unlv.edu

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Valeria Gurr
Program Manager
Valeria.Gurr@unlv.edu

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Employment & Internship Opportunities

RESEARCH ANALYST

We are not currently hiring for this position; this description is for informational purposes, only.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Research Analyst will be responsible for conducting and coordinating research activities within the scope of the NV Institute for Children's Research and Policy. Duties will include design, implementation, collection and management of research and data; data cleaning, qualitative and quantitative analysis; grant development; literature reviews; writing reports and publications; oral presentations; and collaboration with community partners. The particular duties of this position are dependent upon grants and/or contracts awarded.

Minimum of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related social science with an emphasis on research methods/statistics courses. Additionally, the candidate should have at least two years of related experience conducting social science research, preferably on children's issues. The candidate should have the ability to coordinate and conduct social science and evaluation research; knowledge of research methods, database development, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and human subjects; excellent computer skills in word processing and data management; proficient in SPSS; and excellent oral and written communication skills. Publications in a related field are helpful, but not required.

ASSISTANT RESEARCH ANALYST

We are not currently hiring for this position; this description is for informational purposes, only.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Assistant Research Analyst will be responsible for coordinating and conducting research activities, working collaboratively with project partners to address existing project requirements, and work with NICRP staff to develop ideas for related grants and projects. Duties will include assistance with literature reviews, design, implementation, collection and management of research and data; data cleaning, sorting and analysis; grant development; literature reviews; writing reports and publications; collaboration with community partners. The particular duties of this position are dependent upon grants and/or contracts awarded.

Minimum of a Master's in a related social science. Additionally, the candidate should have at some experience conducting social science research, preferably on children's issues, have knowledge in conducting qualitative or quantitative research (i.e., knowledge of research methods, data analysis, human subjects protections, and/or database development); demonstrated ability to multi-task; demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and statistical software (SPSS/PASW, SAS, or Stata).

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

We are not currently hiring for this position; this description is for informational purposes, only.

JOB DESCRIPTION: NICRP research assistant's conduct and coordinate research activities for several research projects related to children in Nevada. Qualified applicants should have a bachelor's degree, and strong analytical and writing skills. Applicants should have the ability to work collaboratively with project partners to address existing project requirements, and knowledge of database development and data analysis. Ideally applicants will have a background in social science and/or evaluation research, be proficient in working with Excel, Word, and have some experience with SPSS and/or SAS software.

This position is temporary position and is typically 40 hours a week between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday -Friday.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

We are not currently hiring for this position; this description is for informational purposes, only.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Program Coordinator will lead statewide coordination and implementation of programs for Prevent Child Abuse Nevada, and will work in collaboration with other NICRP staff and community organizations on related projects. This position's duties include program implementation and evaluation of education curricula tailored to three target audience (parents, professionals, and youth) that address risk factors and the prevention of child maltreatment. In addition, the Program Coordinator will also be responsible for various statewide outreach tasks and administrative tasks, as assigned.

STUDENT WORKER

JOB DESCRIPTION: NICRP undergraduate or graduate student's assist NICRP in several research projects related to children in Nevada. Qualified applicants should have a background in quantitative research methods, and a background in qualitative methods is preferred. Applicants should be comfortable working with data in a variety of formats, and have strong analytical and writing skills to assist in all aspects of the projects. Ideally applicants will be proficient in working with SPSS, Excel, Word, and have some experience with SAS.

This position would be a student worker position, 10 or 20 hours a week, typically between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday -Friday.


To inquire about open positions or to apply, send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to:

Tara Phebus
Executive Director
Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy
Email: Tara.Phebus@unlv.edu
Phone: 702-895-1040

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Affiliated Coalitions & Workgroups

Our Community and Project Partners include:

  • Adoption NOW
  • Area Health Education Center of Southern Nevada
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
  • Clark County Child Fatality Review Team
  • Clark County Juvenile Justice Services
  • Clark County School District
  • Classroom on Wheels (COW)
  • Communities in Schools of Nevada
  • Department of Child and Family Services
  • Every Child Matters Education Fund
  • Legislative Commission
  • Nevada Department of Child and Family Services
  • Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nevada Office of Early Care and Education
  • Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention
  • Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
  • Nevada State Department of Child and Family Services
  • Nevada State Health Division
  • Nevada State Legislative Counsel Bureau
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Public Lands Institute
  • Quality Health Care Center
  • Southern Nevada Health District
  • Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition (SNIC)
  • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
  • State of Nevada and the Early Childhood System/Head Start Collaboration Office
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • UNSOM Trauma Institute

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Newsletters

  • Fall Newsletter 2016
  • In this issue...
    Release of the 2015-2016 Kindergarten Heatlh Survey, Policy & Advocacy, Recap of Events from Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • Fall Newsletter 2015
  • In this issue...
    Release of the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Heatlh Survey, 8th Annual Step Up for Kids Event

  • Summer Newsletter 2014
  • In this issue...
    Release of the 2013-2014 Kindergarten Heatlh Survey, 2014 Pinwheels for Prevention Activites, NICRP Staff Update

  • Fall Newsletter 2013
  • In this issue...
    Release of 2012 Annual Report of Child Deaths in Clark County, Project Updates, Nevada Statewide and Local Early Childhood Education Councils, 6th Annual Step Up for Kids Summary

  • Fall Newsletter 2012
  • In this issue...
    2013 Legislative Session, Release of 2011 Annual Report of Child Deaths in Clark County, Project Updates, 5th Annual Step Up for Kids Summary

  • Spring Newsletter 2012
  • In this issue...
    Pinwheels for Prevention, Project Updates, NICRP Staff updates

  • Fall Newsletter October 2011
  • In this issue...
    2010 Annual Report of Child Deaths in Clark County, Project Updates, 4th Annual Step Up for Kids Day, NICRP Staff updates

  • September 3rd, 2016
  • In this issue...
    3rd Annual Kindergarten Health Survey, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Evaluation, current projects (Nevada Children's DataCenter, Impact from Legislative Session), NICRP Staff updates

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