Meet The NICRP Staff

Tara Phebus

Executive Director

Tara has worked for the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy conducting applied research and program evaluation since 2004. Her research and evaluation projects cover a variety of children's issues including; health and safety, injury prevention, child welfare, juvenile justice, early childhood education, and social marketing evaluation. Currently, Tara is serving as the Executive Director at the Institute and is specifically interested in continuing NICRP's mission to use community based research and program evaluation to help improve the lives of children and families in Nevada. Tara received her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Sociology and Business Administration from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska in 2002, and then in 2007 completed her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.


Amanda Haboush-Deloye

Chief Research Associate

Amanda Haboush-Deloye earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Amanda's research background is on mental health in adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. She also has a particular interest in improving research methods to be more culturally competent. As a researcher at NICRP, she has designed and implemented many research projects regarding children's physical health, mental health, and education, as well as children's advocacy initiatives such as Every Child Matters in Nevada and Prevent Child Abuse Nevada. Being a Las Vegas native, Amanda aims to remain in this city and work with NICRP to create a healthy community where families and children are a priority.


Dawn L. Davidson

Senior Research Associate

Dawn earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, with a concentration in Social Psychology, from The University of Memphis. Before moving to Las Vegas, she worked as the Research Director for a substance abuse treatment center in Memphis, Tennessee where she evaluated the effectiveness of different treatment programs for those with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. She has also worked with the Director of Psychological Services for the Memphis Police Department to improve the police recruit selection process. As the newest employee at NICRP, Dawn looks forward to applying her research and program evaluation skills to improve the lives of Nevada's children and families.


Patrica J. Haddad

Research Assistant

Patricia Haddad is a Bachelor of Arts candidate in Sociology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She joined the Nevada Institute for Children's
Research & Policy in 2014 as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse Nevada,where she led educational outreach activities and assisted with event planning, grant writing, and other operations. Patricia is excited to continue her work with the Institute as a Research Assistant. Her interests include local as well as international social issues specifically pertaining to vulnerable populations, including women and children. She has a deep passion for community building and looks forward to continuing to support the efforts of the NICRP.