Dr. Pecora has a joint appointment as the Managing Director of Research Services for Casey Family Programs and Professor for the University of Washington School of Social Work. He has worked with a number of social service departments in the United States and in other countries to refine foster care programs, implement intensive home-based services, and design risk-assessment systems for child protective services.
Working with faculty from Columbia University and University of Wisconsin Madison, he is evaluating how poverty program policies affect child welfare outcomes. In collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation, he is co-leading a project to develop a research agenda for a 21st Century child welfare system.
In 2007, he was appointed to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Prevention of Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse to explore issues related to preventing mental disorders among children and young adults. His co-authored books and journal articles focus on child-welfare program design, administration and research. His most recent research focuses on evaluating family resource centers and other family support strategies in child welfare.