Richard Van Horn

Senior Web Application Developer and
System Administrator

He/Him/His
rvanhorn@irtinc.us

IRT About Us Profile

OVERVIEW

Mr. Van Horn is an experienced web application developer with over 10 years of experience, as well as being a system administrator with over 14 years of experience. He has a Master’s degree in software development and management from Carnegie Mellon University West. Mr. Horn has wide ranging skills from software development of web applications, mobile apps, web services, and windows services to PC, server, and AWS cloud setup and maintenance. He is a gifted problem solver: even able to troubleshoot successfully beyond his current skill set. He has project skills in prototyping and sustaining products, as well as design and debug. He has a big picture view with an eye on the future and is very detail oriented. Mr. Van Horn (the techie) puts it online, makes it work, and keeps it working for IRT. “It” ranges from web applications, web services and web sites to PCs, servers, and cloud. Additionally, he can throw a 10-foot radius cast net (mmm shrimp).

BACKGROUND

MSIT, 2007, Carnegie Mellon West, Moffett Field, California Emphasis in Software Development and Management

BSEE, 1988, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

SPONSORED PROJECTS

Federal Grants and Contracts

Current

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Well-Child Screening and Referral to Prevent Alcohol Use Before High School. R43AA028752. (PI: Janis Kupersmidt; Co-I: Alison Parker). 9/15/2020 – 8/31/2021. The purpose is to crate and test the feasibility of using a Safer Adolescence Screening App (SASA) during well-child check-ups at pediatricians’ offices for completion by both parents and their 9- to 13-year-old children. Role: Mobile Applications Developer.

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation. Online Mindfulness Training for Adolescents with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. 90BISB0016-01-00 (PI: Alison Parker; Co-I: Janis Kupersmidt). 9/1/2020 – 8/30/2022. The purpose is to continue the development of and evaluate the effectiveness of an online mindfulness training program for adolescents with 22q11DS. Role: Web Applications Developer.

National Institute of Nursing Research. Web-based Resource for Children and Adolescents about Clinical Research. R44NR019565 (Co-PI: Alison E. Parker; Co-PI: Tracy Scull). 3/20/2020 – 8/1/2020. The purpose is to develop and evaluate a web-based resource to educate adolescents about participating in pediatric clinical trials. Role: Web Applications Developer.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pediatric Mobile Screening App. R43DD001219 (PI: Alison E. Parker; Co-I: Janis Kupersmidt). 10/1/2018 – 9/30/2021. The purpose is to develop a mobile application that can be used by parents in pediatric waiting rooms and assist pediatricians with the screening of youth at risk for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Role: Mobile Applications Developer.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Mechanisms of Media Literacy Education for Promoting Relationship Health in Older Adolescents. R01HD099134. (PI:  Tracy M. Scull; Co-I: Christina Malik; Co-I: Janis Kupersmidt) 4/6/2020-3/31/2020. The purpose of this project is to conduct a three-arm randomized control trial with older adolescents (i.e., ages 18-19) attending community college to isolate the effects of media literacy education (i.e., Media Aware program) on sexual and relationship health outcomes and to examine the trajectory of media literacy education effects on sexual and relationship health over time. Role: Web Applications Developer.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Web-Based High School Media Literacy for Healthy Relationships. R44HD088254 (PI: Tracy M. Scull; Co-I: Christina Malik) 9/26/2018-8/31/2021. The purpose of this Phase II grant is to complete the development of a self-paced, highly interactive web-based program designed to provide high school-aged youth with comprehensive sexual health education using a media literacy education framework. An RCT will examine the effects of the program on adolescents’ media- and health-related outcomes. Role: Web Applications Developer.

University of Massachusetts-Boston Subcontract on parent award from the National Institutes of Justice. Evaluating program enhancements for mentors working with children of prisoners. 2014-JU-FX-004. (PI on parent award: Jean Rhodes; PI on subcontract: Janis Kupersmidt; Co-I on subcontract: Rebecca Stelter). 10/1/14 – 3/31/21. The purpose of this project is to conduct a long-term follow-up evaluation of program enhancements provided to mentoring programs serving children of incarcerated parents. Role: Web Applications Developer.

Completed

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Parent-Teen Communication to Resist Unhealthy Media Messages. R44HD082968 (PI: Tracy M. Scull; Co-I: Christina Malik) 4/1/2017-7/31/2019. The purpose of this Phase II grant is to finish the development of and evaluate the efficacy of Media Aware Parent, a self-paced program designed to provide parents with media mediation skills, sexual health knowledge, and practice in parent-adolescent communication through a highly interactive web application. Role: Web Applications Developer.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. Media Literacy for Sexual Health in Older Adolescents. R21DA035665 (PI:  Tracy M. Scull) 9/15/2012-8/31/2016. The purpose of this grant is to develop and test the feasibility of a brief web-based media literacy education intervention to reduce risky sexual practices (e.g., intoxicated sex, unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, sexual violence) in community college students. Role: Web Applications Developer.