Bridging Research and Policymakers

CHASP Research to Practice (R2) Roundable Series

The University of Texas at Austin is home to some of the world’s leading scholars. What starts here really does change the world. The impact of the scholarship, however, is much greater when there is collaboration across the 40 acres, and beyond.

R2PThrough the Research to Practice (R2P) Roundtable initiative, the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) of the LBJ School of Public Affairs brings together high-level policymakers with faculty experts from multiple disciplines across the University whose research is aligned with the policy issue. Policymakers share their top priorities, and the group discusses current and potential research that could enhance their goals.

The R2P Roundtable is a unique, mutually beneficial forum. Policymakers learn about the most current research for more informed decision-making. Scholars learn if they are asking the most relevant research questions to make real impact on policy.

To participate in the CHASP Research to Practice Roundtable Series or to suggest a topic/guest, please contact CHASP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne.

Featured R2P

CHASP Research to Practice (R2P) Roundtable with John Specia Jr.

Child Welfare in Texas, with DFPS Commissioner John Specia

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner John J. Specia, Jr. is a distinguished jurist and attorney with broad experience in civil law and special expertise in family law, foster care, and Child Protective Services cases. He became DFPS Commissioner on December 1, 2012. Specia's career has been dedicated to public service for more than three decades and is defined by his commitment to children and preventing child abuse. He was a founding member and jurist in residence for the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission. Specia established the Bexar County Children’s Court, which provides specialized services for children as well as the Family Drug Treatment Court, which became a model for the state. (October 2015)

CHASP Research to Practice (R2P) Roundtable with Mike Morath

Pre-K and Early Childhood, with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath

Mike Morath was appointed Texas Commissioner of Education by Gov. Greg Abbott in December 2015, took office in January 2016 and was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate (85th Legislature) in March 2017. As Commissioner, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million students enrolled in both traditional public schools and charter schools. He has worked to focus the state agency on his four priorities including: Recruiting, Supporting, and Retaining Teachers and Principals; Building a Foundation of Math and Reading; Connecting High School to Career and College; and Improving Low-Performing Schools. (October 2016)

CHASP Research to Practice (R2P) Roundable with Zena Hooper

Victim Services and the Criminal Justice System, with Office of the Governor Dr. Zena Hooper

Zena Hooper, Psy.D. is the Director of the Victim Services Section of the Criminal Justice Division at the Office of the Governor, State of Texas. She oversees the design, development, recommendation and implementation of new initiatives and innovations in the victims’ services area. She also provides administrative oversight for victims’ services grants related to advocacy in domestic violence, sexual assault, and understudied and underserved victim populations. (March 2017)