2013 Workshop

The 2013 Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop included a specialized panel on how the data can be used to examine the effects of the Great Recession on urban families.



Shervin Assari

Shervin Assari, MD, MPH, is on the research faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests include mechanisms behind racial and ethnic differences in mental health and health behaviors. 
email: [email protected]



Deborah Blanks

Deborah Blanks  is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) in the School of Education, Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies.  Deborah is a Doctoral Student in Urban Studies at UWM. Her research focus includes fragile families, the attitudes of whites toward African Americans, impact of social services on African American level of poverty, impact of inequality on African American families and the reproduction of inequality.
email: [email protected]



Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein is a Community, Research and Action PhD Candidate in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include investigating the intersection of health and incarceration using interdisciplinary approaches and frameworks.
email: [email protected]



Cynthia Burnson

Cynthia Burnson is a doctoral student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research interests include children of incarcerated parents, resilience processes, and early childhood development.
email: [email protected]



Adele Cassola

Adele Cassola is a PhD student in Urban Planning at Columbia University. Her research interests include assessing the impacts of subsidized housing and other public policies on the social and economic well-being of vulnerable groups.
email: [email protected]



Tianca Crocker

Tianca Crocker is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin's School of Social Work.  Her research interests include value structures and measures of well-being among marginalized populations, social service delivery systems, and the intergenerational effectiveness of market-based anti-poverty strategies.
email: [email protected]



Helena Cruz Castanheira

Helena Cruz Castanheira is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Her research interests include investigating how life-course events of children and adolescents in poor neighborhoods are affected by crime and violence, school quality and availability, and general social services.
email: [email protected]



Yu-Ling Chang

Yu-Ling Chang is a doctoral student in social work and a research fellow at the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington. Her research interest focuses on the effects of social safety net programs on economic security of the disadvantaged workers and their families. She is particularly interested in the impact of social policy during the Great Recession and its aftermath.
email: [email protected]



Elise Chor

Elise Chor is a Research Associate in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Her research interests include early childhood education and the relationship between child care and maternal employment.
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Lixian Cui

Lixian Cui is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at New York University Shanghai. His research interests include parenting, emotion regulation and developmental psychopathology in children and adolescents, particularly the role of stress physiology in the development of emotion regulation and psychopathology.
email: [email protected]



Anna Divney

Anna is a DrPH student at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her research interests include the effects of parental relationships and experiences of stress during pregnancy on birth and early child health outcomes.
email: [email protected]



Shauna Dyer

Shauna Dyer is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon.  Her research interests include inequality, social policy, and mobility with a focus on the educational outcomes of low-income children.
email: [email protected]



Hilary Dotson

Hilary M. Dotson is a Data Scientist for the Center for Human Capital Innovation. Her research interests include the sociology of health and illness, inequality and intersectionality, children and youth, and the transition to adulthood.
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Erin Dunn

Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH, is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and post-doctoral research fellow at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her research interests include sensitive periods, or developmental timing differences in the effect of adversities on risk for psychopathology, school and neighborhood determinants of psychopathology, and gene-environment interaction (GxE).
email: [email protected]



Bailey Evans

Bailey Evans is with the NYC Department of Education.  Her research interests include family homelessness and early childhood education.
email: [email protected]



Brittany Nicole Fox

Brittany Fox is a PhD student in Sociology at Columbia University. Her research interests include race/ethnic relations, urban sociology, social inequality, and education.
email: [email protected]



Brian Joseph Gillespie

Brian Joseph Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University. His primary interests are on the impact of residential mobility on adolescents and families.
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Kristy Gillispie Orisma

Kristy Gillispie Orisma is a Public Health Advisor at the National Center for Disease Control. Her research include the impact of parental separation on children's mental health, specifically separation due to incarceration, deportation and military deployments.
email: [email protected]



Stephanie Guinosso

Stephanie Guinosso is an independent consultant and recent graduate of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her research interests include the effects of early stress and adversity on the health and developmental outcomes of young people and how school-based interventions can promote resiliency among vulnerable youth populations.
email: [email protected]



Jessica Hardie

Jessica Hardie is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Hunter College in the City University of New York.  Her research focuses on intergenerational inequality, with particular attention to how education, work, and family pathways intersect in the transition to adulthood.
email: [email protected]


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Mariana Campos Horta

Mariana Campos Horta is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Her research interests include social inequality, social networks, and immigrant families.
email: [email protected]



Rachel Eun Hye Hur

Rachel Eun Hye Hur is a Faculty Research Assistant at Oregon State University. Her research interests include young children's development of self-regulation,and  how families and schools influence self-regulatory development. She has been exploring teachers' beliefs and instructional style, parents' depression and stress, and overall classroom quality as well.
email: [email protected]



Yang Jiang

Yang Jiang is a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yang is a family demographer,and her current research focuses on  children and families with incarcerated parents.
email: [email protected]



Bomi Kim

Bomi Kim is an Assistant Researcher at the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include child abuse and neglect, poverty and child and family well-being, and program design and evaluation.
email: [email protected]



Meghan O'Neil Kuebler

Meghan O'Neil Kuebler is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the State University of New York, Albany. Her primary research interests include housing, families, racial and ethnic inequalities, and the impact of the Great Recession. Her secondary interests include health disparities.
email: [email protected]



Vincent Lau

Vincent Lau is a research analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice. His research interests include educational outcomes for justice system-involved youth (school-to-prison pipeline), effects of incarcerated parents on young people, and utilizing the public health model in juvenile justice.
email: [email protected]



Lydie Loth

Lydie Loth is a Doctoral Student at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include evaluating correctional community supervision programs, examining employment barriers for ex-offenders, and developing curricula for rehabilitation programs.
email: [email protected]



Lucy Markson

Lucy Markson is a Doctoral Researcher and Chartered Forensic Psychologist at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests include individual differences and risk and resilience processes in children of imprisoned fathers.
email: [email protected]



Ashley Munger

Ashley Munger is an Assistant Professor at Cal State University-Los Angeles. Her research interests include food insecurity, poverty, neighborhoods, and policy.
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Sarah Oppenheimer

Sarah Oppenheimer is a doctoral student in Public Affairs and a social policy research fellow at the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington.  Her research interests include family homelessness and housing instability, intersections between housing status and health outcomes, and the effect of social policies on health disparities.
email: [email protected]



Emily Pressler

Emily Pressler is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at New York University. Her research interests include improving the academic outcomes of low-income children, specifically through understanding the mechanisms of environmental risk outside of the school environment.
email: [email protected]



Kelly Purtell

Kelly Purtell is an Assistant Professor of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University. Her research interests include the influence of poverty on the development of children and adolescents and the effects of public policies on low-income youth.
email: [email protected]



Natasha Rivers

Natasha Rivers is a Demographer for Seattle Public Schools. Her research interests include internal and international migration, integration of foreign-born blacks, black identities, marriage market, labor market, immigration, race/ethnicity, inequality, and gender.
email: [email protected]



Ola S. Rostant

Ola S. Rostant, PhD, is currently an NIMH postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include aging and mental health disparities, and how the interactions between depression, chronic illnesses, gender and socioeconomic position contribute to premature or accelerated disability among older adults of color both in the United States and internationally. She also has methodological interests in psychometrics, data-harmonization and growth curve modeling.
email: [email protected]



Christie Sennott

Christie Sennott is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. Her research interests include family, health, gender, social inequalities, and the Life Course.
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Jo Weinberg-Turpin

Jo Weinberg-Turpin is a staff associate at Columbia University.  Her research interests include the impact of father involvement on academic achievement with a special emphasis on the challenges faced by boys.
email: [email protected]



Danilo Trisi

Danilo Trisi is a Senior Research Analyst in the Family Income Support Division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He’s also a doctoral student at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. His research focuses on TANF policies, labor market analysis, trends in deep poverty, and the effectiveness of the safety net.
email: [email protected]


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Hyunjoon Um

Hyunjoon Um, MSW, is in the School of Social Work at Columbia University. His research interests include the effect of child support enforcement on paternity establishment and the impact of father involvement on non-residential child’s academic achievement.
email: [email protected]