CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne and the Federal Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne

The federal Offices of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration of Children and Families and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) are convening stakeholders through the Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research to define the child support research agenda and promote rigorous research and evaluation. CFRP Director and The University of Texas at Austin-LBJ School of Public Affairs professor, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, is an invited feature presenter for the roundtable in October 2017.

Dr. Osborne is a demographer and leading scholar in issues impacting the wellbeing of children and families. Through CFRP, she has produced an extensive body of work on fatherhood and child support (also see below). She also directs the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, a center comprised of faculty, students, and alumni who are passionate about reducing health and social inequities in the U.S. and abroad.

The Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research is tasked to:

  • identify key policy research questions facing the field;
  • suggest methods and data sources for research, evaluation and information dissemination;
  • assess opportunities for further collaboration across the child support community to carry out the agenda.

Dr. Osborne 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 a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California. She 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 and directs The University of Texas at Austin’s institutional membership of SRCD’s University-Based Child Family Policy Consortium.

Related work on child support to date:

Policy Reports, Briefs, and Papers

Infographics and Other Resources

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