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Autumn Guin, PhD, BCC

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Evaluation Consultant

CYFAR PDTA Coach

4181 Broughton Hall

Bio

Dr. Guin currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Youth, Family, and Community Sciences Graduate Program, as the Program Design & Evaluation Specialist for North Carolina 4-H’s Healthy Living and STEM Programs, and as a National Coach and Evaluation Consultant for the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Center. Dr. Guin teaches Family Life Coaching, co-directs multiple grant funded programs, and coaches professionals across the country who are developing programs for underserved youth, families, and communities. Dr. Guin holds a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S. in Community Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a specialization in educational evaluation and educator professional development. She is a Board Certified Coach and has 24 years of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation experience.

Programs and Initiatives

  • Coach & Evaluation Consultant, Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Professional Development and Technical Assistance Team
  • Co-PI, Co-Director, 4-H Empowering Youth and Families Program
  • Co-PI, Program Design and Evaluation Specialist, NC 4-H Healthy Living Programs
  • Co-Chair, Research and Evaluation Subgroup, PLWG Advancing the 4-H Thriving Model Taskforce

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • AEHS 545: Family Communication and Coaching
  • AEHS 547: Family Life Coaching

Contributing Websites

Professional Honors/Offices/Recognitions

  • 2021: State Award for Excellence in Healthy Living Programming, NC Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
  • 2021: Susan Barkman Award for Research and Evaluation, NC Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals
  • 2021: Research Friend of Extension Award, NC Cooperative Extension

Selected Publications

  • Greenaway, H., Guin, A., Gonzalez, M., Kotzian, S., Chilcote, A., Toriello, P. (submitted). Program Models in the Time of COVID: Design, Development, and Implementation. Journal of Extension.
  • Ferarri, T. M., Guin, A. H. (May 2021). Advice for Writing a Journal Article – Journal of Youth Development Editors Weigh In. The Pulse, May 2021. National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialists. Available at: https://www.nae4hydp.org/news/news.asp?id=564422
  • Guin, A. (2000). Professional Development for North Carolina 4-H Educators Who Teach Science: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of 4-H Science Curricula Training [Doctoral dissertation, North Carolina State University]. Available at: https://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/bitstream/handle/1840.20/38314/etd.pdf?sequence=1
  • Gonzalez, M., Guin, A., Allen, K., Chilcote, A., Toriello, P., Mead, E. (2020). Best Practices for Engaging Communities of Color in Opioid Prevention Programs. Journal of Extension, 58(3). Available at: https://archives.joe.org/joe/2020june/tt5.php
  • McCarthy, K. J., Perkins, D. F., Roberts, M., Potter, S., Guin, A. G, Carroll, J. B., Deringer, N. C., & Borden, L. M. (2020) Evaluation of a Coach-Based Technical Assistance Model: An Evolving Focus on Coachability and Goal Setting. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8(2), 28-50.
  • Guin, A., Allen, K., Barnes, J. (2018). Development and pilot evaluation of the Very Important Parents Program (VIP): An intensive parent education program for teens. Family Science Review, 22(3), 103-123.
  • Barnes, J., Guin, A., & Allen, K. (2018). Training Needs and Online Learning Preferences of Early Childhood Professionals. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 39(2), 114-130.
  • Barnes, J., Guin, A., Allen, K., & Jolly, C. (2016). Engaging parents in early childhood education: Perspectives of childcare providers. Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 44(4), 360-374.
  • Skidmore, M., Brennan, A., Brown, R., Cuthbertson, C. Dellifield, J., Elswick, A., Ruffin, N., Klemme, R., Kowalkowski, B., Lindsay, A., Rennekamp, R., Shipley, A., Sulzer, S., Chilcote, A. Crist, G., Guin, A., Gabel, C., Hockaday, C., Perkins, D., Spears, L., Spoth, R., Wright, M., & Young, D. (2018). Report to the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy from the Extension Opioid Crisis Response Workgroup.
  • Kirby, S. & Guin, A., Chilcote, A. (2015). Creating the next generation of residential energy stewards using the Energy Transformation Curriculum. Housing and Society. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08882746.2015.1121687

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Education

BS Psychology Fayetteville State University

MS Community Psychology North Carolina State University

PhD Educational Research and Policy Analysis North Carolina State University

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Community Program Development and Program Success Coaching
  • Parenting, Youth Development, and Family Life Coaching
  • Programming with Underserved Youth, Families, and Communities
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Protective Factors
  • Nonformal Education, Curriculum Development, and Educator Professional Development
  • Mixed-methods Research and Evaluation
  • Grant-Writing
    • Grants

      Date: 09/01/19 - 8/31/23
      Amount: $324,841.00
      Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

      PFPC is a research-based and evidence-informed curriculum-based program. Marshaling research on adverse childhood experiences, resilience, and protective factors, the NC 4-H team worked with specialists at multiple universities and within 10 counties in NC to create and evaluate a family-centered program which teaches families to communicate better with each other, to understand the opioid issues facing their communities, and to provide education as advocates within their home communities. Desired short and long-term results: Short-term objectives: 1) Increase youth and caregiver knowledge about the health impacts of substance misuse; 2) Increase youth and family self-efficacy for making healthy decisions about substance misuse; 3) Increase families’ ability to communicate and problem solve; 4) Empower youth and adults to work with community leaders to educate the public about the impact of substance misuse. Long-term objectives: 1) Decrease the likelihood of youth substance misuse; 2) Establish a strong evidence-base for PFPC Program; 3) Sustain and expand PFPC Program.

      Date: 09/01/22 - 8/31/23
      Amount: $160,000.00
      Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

      To support both of CYFAR’s strategic objectives through their National Outcome on School Age (K-8), School age youth will demonstrate knowledge, skills attitudes and behavior necessary for fulfilling contributing lives, this letter of intent proposes a comprehensive STEM educational program for middle schools in 4 rural counties in North Carolina to increase STEM literacy. The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) directed the Department of Education to increase the accessibility of STEM education for all students (OSTP, 2018). “The lack of a level educational field is most apparent during the current events surrounding COVID-19 as many students and educators struggle to adapt to the provision of and participation in online learning systems” (Guin, 2020). Learning loss is “greatest among low-income, black, and Hispanic students” (Dorn et al., 2020, p. 4). Creating effective educational interventions for youth to lead the nation’s growing STEM-reliant economy is an issue of national security (OSTP, 2018). Combatting new microbial attacks, developing online education platforms, and the production of clean energy are among issues facing the immediate future of the nation. With over 100 years of experience serving youth as the largest youth development program in the nation and the youth development program for Cooperative Extension, NC 4-H is at the forefront of the effort to increase STEM literacy among young people. The proposed project will bring together a multidisciplinary team of professionals from two land-grant universities, two Cooperative Extension Systems, and local education agencies the proposed project leverages resources and personnel to serve middle school aged youth, their teachers, their nonformal educators, and their families while focusing on the 2021 CYFAR Program Emphasis Area USDA (REE) Goal 6: Education and Science Literacy, to leverage technology and innovation to distribute tools, information, and resources and use nonformal education programs, outreach, 4-H, and other youth development programs to transfer knowledge and technology. The proposed project will utilize existing research-based and nationally peer reviewed and recognized 4-H middle school curricula to 1) Create and implement a formal and nonformal education program to increase student knowledge, skills and attitudes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). STEM education will focus on food, agriculture, natural resources, biological and physical science curricula. Leveraging hands on technology applications at the middle school level; 2) Strengthen rural middle teachers knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding science instruction, use of instructional resources, and technology applications that serve vulnerable families and communities; 3) Promote family engagement and learning through non-formal program efforts and community events; and 4) Expand STEM learning systems into new and existing programs using citizen science and virtual learning platforms. A multi-faceted formative and outcome evaluation which uses the strengths of the CYFAR cross-site evaluation common measures will ensure the project meets these objectives. References Dorn, E., Hancock, B., Sarakatsannis, J., & Viruleg, E. (2020). COVID-19 and student learning in the United States: The hurt could last a lifetime. McKinsey & Company. Retrieved from: https://fresnostate.edu/kremen/about/centers137projects/weltycenter/documents/COVID-19-and-student-learning-in-the-United-States-FINAL.pdf Guin, A. (2020). Professional Development for North Carolina 4-H Educators Who Teach Science: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of 4-H Science Curricula Training. (Doctoral dissertation). North Carolina State University.

      Date: 08/31/20 - 8/30/23
      Amount: $1,133,838.00
      Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

      PFPC is a research-based and evidence-informed curriculum-based program. Marshaling research on adverse childhood experiences, resilience, and protective factors, the NC 4-H team worked with specialists at multiple universities and within 10 counties in NC to create and evaluate a family-centered program which teaches families to communicate better with each other, to understand the opioid issues facing their communities, and to provide education as advocates within their home communities. Desired short and long-term results: Short-term objectives: 1) Increase youth and caregiver knowledge about the health impacts of substance misuse; 2) Increase youth and family self-efficacy for making healthy decisions about substance misuse; 3) Increase families’ ability to communicate and problem solve; 4) Empower youth and adults to work with community leaders to educate the public about the impact of substance misuse. Long-term objectives: 1) Decrease the likelihood of youth substance misuse; 2) Establish a strong evidence-base for PFPC Program; 3) Sustain and expand PFPC Program.

      Date: 09/01/18 - 8/15/23
      Amount: $162,541.00
      Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)

      Co-PI's will work as national program coaches for the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Professional Development and Technical Assistance (PDTA) Center. Autumn Guin and Diana Urieta will each provide technical assistance, mentoring, education, and other forms of support to up to 8 CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects (SCP) community sites. They will conduct needs assessments with each site and create tailored action plans for each project. They will provide continuing support of the sites through monthly telephone calls, periodic trainings using distance education technologies, and other forms of technical assistance as needed. In addition, They will provide an average of three site visits per calendar year to provide in-person project support, will participate in the annual CYFAR professional development conference each spring, and the annual CYFAR PDTA meeting each fall. Autumn Guin will also serve as an evaluation consultant for the CYFAR PDTA Center. In this role, she will consult with the new CYFAR Sustainable Community Projects (SCP) grantees within their first six months of funding to support the development of their evaluation plans and provide training on the use of CYFAR PDTA Center evaluation tools (e.g., Survey Builder); collaborate with University of Minnesota team members to refine the content and delivery mechanism of the Evaluation Institute learning modules; and provide support and insights into CYFAR PDTA Center data analysis, evaluation reports, and evaluation resources for CYFAR SCP grantees (e.g., using the Coach-PI Survey data for the results sections of manuscripts; reviewing outcomes templates for CYFAR SCP grantees; informing webinars on how to effectively evaluate and use Common Measures).

      Date: 10/13/22 - 1/31/23
      Amount: $10,000.00
      Funding Agencies: Oregon State University

      NC 4-H under the leadership of Dr Michael Yoder and Dr Autumn Guin will lead a national study to replicate the original 4-H Thriving Model Study. The replication will specifically invite a more representative sample of 4-H youth to determine if the 4-H Thriving Model applies to all 4-H youth.

      Date: 09/01/21 - 8/31/22
      Amount: $24,000.00
      Funding Agencies: Altria Client Services Inc.

      Health Rocks! is a 4-H Healthy Living Program based on decision-making and appropriate health knowledge with its beginning level curriculum targeted at youth ages 8 to 12, and intermediate level targeted at youth ages 12 to 14. This experiential education program is facilitated by teen/adult leadership teams to help youth learn key health messages and skills such as critical thinking, how to manage stress and peer pressure, how to communicate effectively, and how to critically analyze media messages. Special emphasis is placed on tobacco use prevention.

      Date: 03/08/21 - 12/06/21
      Amount: $12,500.00
      Funding Agencies: Corteva Agrisciences

      The 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program will: - Educate – Curriculum and teen leadership will amplify the importance of pollinators and their habitats and teach youth how to take action toward conserving them. - Elevate – Stakeholders and 4-H communities will engage in important discussions related to pollination and environmental conservation. - Engage – 4-H communities will join Corteva employees for pollinator habitat building events and activities.

      Date: 09/01/20 - 10/31/21
      Amount: $66,000.00
      Funding Agencies: National 4-H Council

      National 4-H Healthy Habits program focuses on the importance of foods and nutrition and physical activity in a young persons life. This program will increases access to youth and families who are among the most vulnerable and underserved within North Carolina communities.

      Date: 09/30/18 - 9/29/21
      Amount: $1,099,981.00
      Funding Agencies: US Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

      North Carolina’s governor, Roy Cooper, issued a call to action to reduce opioid use and abuse. In response to this call, NC 4-H is partnering with the NC Office of Rural Health and county-based agencies to implement the NC 4-H Empowering Youth and Families Program NC 4-H EYFP. The NC 4-H EYFP is based on Iowa State University Extension’s evidence-based Strengthen Families Extension Program (SFP 10-14) which focuses on the prevention and reduction of opioid misuse and abuse education for youth and families in North Carolina. The NC 4-H EYFP will provide an opportunity for rural 4-H and Family and Consumer Science (FCS) agents and their local partners to reach youth and families with health and wellness information which focuses on building strong families and substance abuse prevention. In addition to the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 (SFP 10- 14), NC 4-H EYFP will include additional lessons specific to the impact of substance use on health, and provide a weekend family confluence training retreat to work with youth and families as they plan a community outreach campaign. Using SFP 10-14 and existing research-based 4-H curricula on substance abuse prevention and mental health, youth and adult participants will engage in activities that build life skills that prepare them to make healthy choices, and then share those skills in their communities.

      Date: 09/01/20 - 8/31/21
      Amount: $50,000.00
      Funding Agencies: National 4-H Council

      Health Rocks! is a National 4-H curriculum that many schools, camps, and youth programs are using to encourage children to adopt healthy behaviors and to avoid drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Results from surveys from the past two years suggest that after participating in this program, children feel that they have learned new skills and that they plan to avoid risky behaviors.


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