Cynthia Osborne is the Founder and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership. She is also an Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Strategies, and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child wellbeing, and family demography. 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. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California.
Dr. Osborne is an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years. She also serves as the Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group for the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), a long-term project of the federal Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She is an elected member of 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 also directs The University of Texas at Austin’s institutional membership of SRCD’s University-Based Child Family Policy Consortium.