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 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC), he is evaluating community-based child-abuse prevention strategies in Los Angeles. Working with Walter R. McDonald and Associates, he is evaluating group-care reform in California. 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.