Anna Lipton Galbraith, MPAff is CFRP's Program Services Director and oversees the operations of CFRP including grant management, finances, human resources, and other organizational needs. She also continues to have a leadership role on the child welfare research team.
Kaeley Benson, Ph.D. joined CFRP in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on early childhood program evaluation. She is now CFRP's Research Director and oversees all the family strengthening, early childhood, and fatherhood projects, research staff, and support team.
The AVANCE Network operates several programs within the framework of a two-generation approach to whole family success. The largest of these is their Parent-Child Outcome Education Program, a program for parents and their children up to age 4. While the parents are in their own session learning about the importance of their role as a teacher and specific parenting skills, their children are taught school ready concepts and participate in stimulating activities.
Please welcome our new research staff! McKenna LeClear, Research Associate; Bethany McKee, Research Associate; Jeanette Cunningham Rottas, Data Research Associate; Anna Sucsy, Research Assistant; and Patrick Youngblood, Data Research Associate.
Family court cases, including divorce and custody issues, account for approximately one-half of all civil cases in Texas. Research has repeatedly demonstrated the negative effects of divorce on children, yet little is known about how the family court system minimizes or exacerbates child trauma from divorce.
Jennifer Huffman, MPAff started with CFRP as a Graduate Research Assistant while a Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has now been on staff since 2016 and is currently a Senior Research Associate leading several child welfare and adolescent health projects.
Since our founding in 2011, the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs has been the academic partner of federal and state government agencies and NGOs, helping answer challenging policy questions impacting vulnerable children and families.
Congratulations to Abby Lane, CFRP Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, on her recent award of a research grant from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). The grant will support her dissertation titled "Balancing Work and Family: The Policy Problems and Opportunities of Child Care and Nonstandard Work Schedules."