Faculty and Staff: Brian Wilcox


  • B.A., California Lutheran University, Psychology and English
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Community Psychology

Areas of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Juvenile justice
  • Adolescent sexual behavior
  • Social effects of the media
  • Intervention research design and methods
  • The linkages between social policy and child and youth development

Professional Activities & Community Service

  • Public Service Award, Society for Prevention Research (2008)
  • Nicholas Hobbs Award, American Psychological Association (2007)
  • Nebraska Commission for the Protection of Children (current)
  • Board of Directors, ChildFund International (current)
  • Senior Program Associate, William T. Grant Foundation (1999-2014)
  • President, American Psychological Association Division of Child, Youth and Family Services (2001-2003)
  • Chair, Committee on Children, Youth and Families, American Psychological Association (1997-1999)
  • Ethics Committee, Society for Research in Child Development (2007-2010)
  • American Psychological Association liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (2000-2012)
  • Editorial Boards (current): Journal of Adolescent Health, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry,  Acta de Investigación Psicológica, Psicologia: Reflexäo e Crítica
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil (2005)

CCFL Projects

  • Research on Sexuality and Religiosity in Brasil: Principal investigator on an ongoing project examining the relationship between religiosity and sexual behavior and attitudes among low-income Brasilian youth.
  • Midwest Childcare Policy Research Consortium: Principal investigator of a three-year study of child care quality in the aftermath of welfare reform. Child care quality is being examined in relationship to policy variations in four Midwestern states. This project is funded jointly by the Child Care Bureau (DHHS) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Selected Projects/Publications

  • Granger, R.C., Tseng, V., & Wilcox, B.L. (2013). Connecting research and practice. In E.T. Gershoff, R. Mistry, & D.A. Crosby (Eds.), Societal contexts of child development: Pathways of influence and implications for policy and practice (pp. 205-219). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Hubel, G.S., Schreier, A., Hansen, D.J., & Wilcox, B.L. (2013). A case study of the effects of privatization of child welfare services for children and families: The Nebraska experience. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 2049-2058.
  • Wilcox, B.L. & Deutsch, A.R. (2013). When evidence and values collide: Preventing sexually transmitted infections. In A.M. Culp (Ed.), Child and family advocacy: Bridging the gaps between research, practice and policy (pp. 217-232). New York: Springer
  • Wilcox, B.L. & Deutsch, A. (2011). Peering inside the black box of policy evaluations. Ethos, 39, 477-480.
  • Kunkel, D., & Wilcox, B.L. (2011). Children and media policy. In D. Singer & J. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of children and media (pp. 569-593). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Mallon, G., Wilcox, B.L., & Arnold, L. (Eds.) (2011). Special Issue on Child Welfare Evaluation. Child Welfare, 90 (2).
  • Cerqueira-Santos, E., Wilcox, B.L. & Koller, S. (2008). Religiosity and condom use among low-income Brazilian youth. Spanish Journal of Psychology. 11, 94-102.
  • Wilcox, B.L., Weisz, P.V., & Miller, M. (2005). Practical guidelines for educating policy makers: The Family Impact Seminar as an approach to advancing the interests of children and families in the policy arena. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,34, 638-645.
  • Raikes, H.A., Raikes, H.H., & Wilcox, B.L. (2005). Regulation, subsidy receipt and provider characteristics: What predicts quality in child care homes? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 20, 164-184
  • Rostosky, S.S., Wilcox, B.L., Wright, M.L.C., & Randall, B. (2004). The impact of religiosity on adolescent sexual behavior: A review of the evidence. Journal of Adolescent Research, 19, 677-697.
  • Wilcox, B.L. (2003). The research/policy nexus: Children’s educational television as a case in point. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 24, 367-373.
  • Wilcox, B.L. (2003). Trends in the everyday lives of children: The media. In N.H. Kauffman & I. Rizzini (Eds.), Globalization and children: Exploring potentials for enhancing opportunities in the lives of children and youth (99-107). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.
  • Wilcox, B.L., & Barone, C. (2003). Policy trends affecting children and youth. In R.P. Weissberg, H.J. Walberg, M.U. O’Brien, & C.B. Kuster (Eds.), Long trends in the well-being of children and youth: Issues in children’s and families’ lives (pp. 299-315). Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.
  • Wilcox, B.L., Colman, R.A., & Wyatt, J.M. (2002). The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996: What will it mean for children? In B.L. Bottoms, M.B. Kovera, & B.D. McAuliff (Eds.), Children, psychology, and U.S. law (pp. 15-50). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ontai, L.L., Hinrichs, S., Beard, M., & Wilcox, B.L. (2002). Improving child care quality in Early Head Start programs: A partnership model. Infant Mental Health Journal, 23, 48-61.
  • Wilcox, B.L., Rostosky, S.S., Randall, B.A., & Wright, M.L.C. (2001). Reason to hope: A review of research on adolescent religiosity and sexual behavior. In Keeping the faith: The role of religion and faith communities in preventing teen pregnancy (pp. 31-82). Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Photo of Brian Wilcox.