Dr. Wayne A. Mayfield is Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Public Policy, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. His professional interests include measurement and evaluation, particularly in the early childhood and youth development arenas.
In the last year, he received a $3.5 million award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide support for Stronger Together Missouri, a federal grant awarded to DESE that aims to provide Missouri with the foundation for building a comprehensive, coordinated statewide system of early childhood services.
Over the past six years, Dr. Mayfield has worked with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Afterschool Network to develop a comprehensive statewide evaluation system for federally funded afterschool programs in Missouri. He also coordinates the Missouri KIDS COUNT project, which provides state- and county-level data and analyses on a variety of child and family well-being indicators. Other recent research and evaluation projects include the Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Childhood Landscape Study (a detailed survey of early childhood and child care programs in metropolitan Kansas City), Learn the Signs, Act Early (an applied research project that investigated the implementation of a developmental monitoring program aimed at families who use WIC services), and a report examining early childhood and school-age workforce characteristics (based on professional registry data from fourteen states).
Prior to working at IPP, Dr. Mayfield was Director of the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA). He has also worked as a research and policy analyst at the Center for Family Policy and Research (University of Missouri) (2001-2010) and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (University of Missouri) (2010-2012).
Dr. Mayfield received a BA in Spanish from Grinnell College (1988) and his MA and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri (1996, 1999).
Cheak-Zamora, N., Farmer, J. E., Mayfield, W. A., Clark, M., Marvin, A. R., Law, J. K., & Law, P. A. (2014). Health care transition services for youth with autism spectrum disorders. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59(3), 340-348.
Farmer, J. E., Clark, M., Mayfield, W. A., Cheak-Zamora, N., Marvin, A. R., Law, J. K., & Law, P. A. (2013). The relationship between the medical home and unmet needs for children autism spectrum disorders. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(3), 672-680.
Lambert, M. C., Williams, S. G., Morrison, J. W., Samms-Vaughan, M. E., Mayfield, W. A., & Thornburg, K. R. (2008). Are the indicators for the Language and Reasoning Subscale of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised psychometrically appropriate for Caribbean classrooms? International Journal of Early Years Education, 16, 41-60.
Mayfield, W. A. (2001). The development of an internalized homonegativity inventory for gay men. Journal of Homosexuality, 41, 53-76.
Mayfield, W. A, Kardash, C. A., & Kivlighan, D. M., Jr. (1999). Differences in client knowledge structures for experienced and novice counselors. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 46, 504–514.
Thornburg, K., Mauzy, D., Mayfield, W., Scott, J., Sparks, A., Mumford, J., Foulkes, T. & Fuger, K. L. (2011). Data-driven decision making in preparation for large scale QRS implementation. In M. Zaslow, I. Martinez-Beck, K. Tout & T. Halle (Eds.), Measuring quality in early childhood settings. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
SELECTED OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Mayfield, W. A. 21st CCLC and SAC Grantee’s Performance on Missouri’s Afterschool Goals: 2017-2018. (2019). Columbia, MO: Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, University of Missouri.
Mayfield, W. A., Neth, P., Carta, J., Greenwood, C., Olson, D., Brandt, J., Guerrero, G., & (2017). The Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Landscape Study: Summary Report. Columbia, MO: Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, University of Missouri.
Mayfield, W. A., Olson, D., Greenwood, C., Carta, J., Brandt, J., Guerrero, G., & Neth, P. (2016). The Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Landscape Study: Johnson and Wyandotte Counties, Kansas. Columbia, MO: Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, University of Missouri.
Greever-Rice, T., Mayfield W., Blodgett, J., Canfield, S., Murray, E., & Wilson, K. (2016). Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis: Needs assessment. St. Louis: Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis.
Mayfield, W. A. (2016). The National Workforce Registry Alliance’s 2015 Workforce Dataset: Early childhood and school-age workforce characteristics. Washington, DC: National Workforce Registry Alliance.
Olson, D., Greenwood, C., Carta, J., Brandt, J., Guerrero, G., Neth, P., & Mayfield W. A. (2015). The Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Landscape Study: Jackson County, Missouri. Columbia, MO: Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, University of Missouri.