Barbara Hillaker is a research consultant working on measurement development and adaptation for the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. She is currently a PH.D. candidate in Human Development and Family Studies. She has focused on the development of social competencies in children and early adolescents, parenting, and evidence-based programming. She is first author of an article in Family Relations (2008) using Search Institute developmental asset data to examine the parental contributions to social competencies and positive values in middle school youth. She is also contributing author to other articles published or submitted.