One of the country’s foremost child and family policy researchers, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP). Former director, Professor Carolyn Heinrich, University of Vanderbilt, will continue her affiliation with CHASP as a Research Professor.
“I am very pleased that Cynthia is taking on the leadership of CHASP,” said LBJ School interim dean Robert Wilson. “A dynamic and innovative scholar and teacher, Dr. Osborne will enhance a rapidly expanding research agenda within CHASP, applying innovative social science based research to evaluate social programs.”
“I’m delighted to be the new director of CHASP,” said Osborne. “I look forward to continuing my work with my colleagues as we aim to answer the pressing social policy questions of our day and improve the well being of the poor and vulnerable through effective policy research. Our collective goal is to be a resource to decision makers, an anchor to students and alumni, a convener of experts, and a megaphone for the important research conducted by our tremendous students and faculty research associates.”
Dr. Osborne specializes in policies regarding strengthening families, fatherhood, early childhood interventions, child welfare, and adolescent health under her research group, CFRP. She is the Primary Investigator on numerous program evaluations, including the long-term evaluation project of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Home Visiting Program. She also directed the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), a statewide project for the Texas Education Agency.
Dr. Osborne currently serves as Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group for the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, a long-term project of the federal Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She oversees The University of Texas at Austin’s institutional membership of the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium. She also serves on the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Council, the leadership team responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association.
Dr. Osborne joined the faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University. She holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Masters of Arts in Education. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California.
CHASP FACULTY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
CHASP faculty research associates include: Todd Olmstead and David Warner, who are experts in health policy and health care funding; Michele Deitch, who specializes in criminal justice policy, with a particular interest in juvenile justice; Jacqui Angel, who is a leader in aging policy, especially as it relates to Hispanic and immigrant families; Paul von Hippel, who is an expert in research design, statistical methods, and education and health policy; Pat Wong, who is a poverty and social policy expert; Erin Lentz who is a leading scholar in food insecurity in the US and abroad, and Angela Evans, who is the leading expert on ensuring evidence-based policy informs decision makers. Joining CHASP next year will be Abigail Aiken, who specializes in women’s fertility and reproductive health.
For further information contact:
Susan Binford, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Wendy Gonzales, CHASP and CFRP