2014 Workshop

The 2014 Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop included special sections on the potential for using the data in comparative research, particularly making use of the Millennium Cohort Study, a contemporary birth cohort study from the United Kingdom.



Lorenzo Almada

Lorenzo Nicolas Almada is a Provost Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Columbia University Population Research Center.  His research interests are in Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Labor Economics.  His dissertation examines the causal effects of SNAP on adult obesity.
email: [email protected]



Claire Baker

Claire Baker is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Faculty Fellow at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Her research focuses on the positive development of ethnic minority children. She is particularly interested in the positive influence of fathers during the early childhood years.
email: [email protected]



Regina Baker

Regina Baker is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include povery and inequality, family and child outcomes, work and mobility, and social policy. Her current research examines multi-level predictors of poverty in the South and socio-economic mobility among low-income mothers of children with disabilities.
email: [email protected]


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Archana Basu

Archana Basu is a licensed clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Developmental Neuroscience at Columbia University Medical Center. Her primary interests include: 1) effects of maltreatment and stress during critical and sensitive periods (pregnancy/ in utero  and 0-5 years) on risk for later psychopathology, physical health outcomes, and central nervous system development, with the gut microbiome as a central mediating mechanism, and 2) psychotherapy during these critical/ sensitive periods as a preventive or ameliorative influence on children's developmental trajectories.
email: [email protected]



Brenden Beck

Brenden Beck is a PhD student in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He studies suburbanization, social control, and gentrification.
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Daniel Bell

Daniel Bell is a PhD student at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests include investigating risk and resilience in children, specifically, how exposure to chaotic environments impacts child behavioral and cognitive outcomes.
email: [email protected]



Juliette Berg

Juliette Berg is a researcher at the American Institutes of Research. Her research focuses on the study and improvement of children's developmental settings with the goal of enhancing the social-emotional and academic trajectories of low-income children and youth. She is involved in the design and evaluation of school-based and antipoverty programs both in the United States and internationally and is interested in the intersection of child development and social policy.
email: [email protected]



Amelia Branigan

Amelia Branigan is a Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell University College of Human Ecology. She studies the relationship between elements of the physical body and socioeconomic inequality, with a particular focus on educational disparities. Her postdoctoral work will extend her dissertation research on the relationship between visible phenotype and educational outcomes through through a series of studies on the socioeconomic consequences of childhood obesity.
email: [email protected]



Jessica Costeines

Jessica Costeines is a Ph.D. student at Fordham University in Social Work clinical practice and a researcher at Yale University's School of Medicine and Psychiatry. Her research interests focus on the effect of parental relationships on an individual's mental health and well-being, adolescent risk taking, and program design and evaluation.
email: [email protected]



Robynn Cox

Dr. Robynn Cox is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Spelman College. In general, her research interests include the Economics of Crime, Health Economics, and Labor Economics. More specifically, she is concerned with the social consequences (economic, political, health, etc.) of mass incarceration.
email: [email protected]



Ellyce Di Paola

Ellyce di Paola, MA, RYT, BCST is an account manager for EmblemHealth's government-sponsored programs. Her research interests include the influence of maternal health and well-being on the prenatal environment as the mediator of child (infant) outcomes and the relationships of maternal status, particularly social support and mental health, with infant development.
email: [email protected]



Leah Gillion

Leah Gillion is a PhD Student in sociology and demography at Princeton University. Broadly she is interested in education inequality, race and ethnicity, and public policy. Her current project focuses on the link between health and nutrition on education.
email: [email protected]



Sarah Gold

Sarah Gold is a doctoral student at the Rutgers School of Social Work. She is interested in the effects of poverty and inequality on families and children. She is particularly interested in neighborhood effects on children.
email: [email protected]



Michael Green

Michael Green is a Research Associate at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. His research interests include socioeconomic influences on lifecourse development of mental health problems and smoking and drinking behaviours.
email: [email protected]



Hanna Gustafsson

Hanna Gustafsson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research explores the impact of stressful and frightening environments on families with young children.
email: [email protected]



Carolina Hausmann-Stabile

Carolina Hausmann-Stabile is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Temple University. She is a bicultural and bilingual researcher, and her interests include suicide attempts, acculturation, development, and mental health, particularly among Latino youth. Her current work applies developmental perspectives to the study of acculturation trajectories of youth from immigrant backgrounds.
email: [email protected]



Marieke Heers

Marieke Heers is a senior researcher at the FORS Center in Switzerland. Her research interests include the social environment at birth, family structures and early education. Marieke is also working on the impact of community schooling on educational outcomes.
email: [email protected]



Kathryn Hesketh

Kathryn Hesketh is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Policy Research Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK. She is currently leading a research project to determine how adverse health outcomes co-occur in school-aged children using Millennium Cohort data. With a background in behavioural epidemiology, Kathryn is also interested in how young children's behaviours influence their later heath, and how socio-economic differences contribute to health inequalities.
email: [email protected]



Caroline Holcombe

Caroline Holcombe is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. She received her B.A. in Sociology and the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Rice University (2009). Since graduating, she worked her way from a research intern to director of social measurement and evaluation at Children at Risk, a child advocacy non-profit in Houston, TX. She is interested in the sociology of the family, sociology of education and stratification.
email: [email protected]


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Sarah James

Sarah James is a sociology and social policy doctoral student in Princeton University's Department of Sociology and Office of Population Research. Her research interests include social inequality, families and child wellbeing.
email: [email protected]



Todd Jensen

Todd M. Jensen, MSW, is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include stepfamily functioning and intervention, stepchild perspectives, and dynamics associated with divorce and repartnership for adults and children across the life course.
email: [email protected]



Rohan Jeremiah

Rohan D. Jeremiah, Ph.D., MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. His research examines individual and social structural factors that influence health behavior patterns among marginalized and vulnerable men (internationally and domestically), with a particular focus on gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.
email: [email protected]



Manuel Jimenez

Manny Jimenez MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His research interests include understanding the relationship between early adversity and child well being as well as identifying and overcoming barriers to early intervention service receipt among young children at risk for developmental delay. 
email: [email protected]



Nicholas Jordan

Nicholas Jordan is a research manager at MGO Marketing. His research interests include fatherhood, non-resident father involvement and non-resident father primary caregiving.
email: [email protected]



Ji Young Kang

JiYoung Kang is a Ph.D candidate in social welfare and a research fellow in the West Coast Poverty Center at University of Washington. Her research interests include the cross-national comparison of welfare states and the effects of social policy institutions on individual life outcomes. In her current study, she examines the effects of different maternity leaves across states on family economic well-being and children's health.
email: [email protected]



Bo-Ram Kim

Bo-Ram Kim received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the Department of Human Development of Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in the emotional quality of parenting, parental emotion socialization, social-emotional development during infancy and toddlerhood, and intervention/prevention programs for children and families.
email: [email protected]



Melissa Kull

Melissa A. Kull is a research scientist at the Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her research interests include the correlates and consequences of the socioeconomic gap in school readiness skills, the compensatory role of early childhood education for low-income children, and family investments in children's development in the context of economic constraints.
email: [email protected]



Ijun Lai

Ijun Lai is a PhD student at Northwestern University's Human Development and Social Policy. Before coming to Northwestern, she was a middle school teacher in the Bronx and worked as a research analyst for the Moving-To-Opportunity program. Her research interests include racial inequality, urban education, and urban youth development.
email: [email protected]



Julie Ma

Julie Ma, MSW, is an Instructor at Michigan State University School of Social Work. Her research examines the influences of warm and harsh parenting practices on children's behavioral and academic outcomes. She is particularly interested in understanding the effects of parental use of corporal punishment on children's externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in neighborhood contexts.
email: [email protected]



Whitney Mattson

Whiney Mattson is a research fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research include the impact of risk factors on socio-emotional development and how their interaction impact functional activation and neural connectivity.
email: [email protected]



Marisa Morin

Marisa Morin is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and a graduate research fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests focus on the effects of poverty on child and family well-being. She is particularly interested in how contextual factors, such as religion, affect parenting practices and subsequent child development in low-income populations. 
email: [email protected]



Nobuko Nagase

Nobuko Nagase Ph.D. is  Professor of Labor Economics and Social Policy at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo Japan. She is also a visiting scholar at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations for the spring semester of 2014. Her research interest includes work and child rearing issues of single mothers, and the comparative study of such issues in different cultures.
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Jaehyun Nam

Jaehyun Nam is a doctoral student at at Columbia University School of Social Work. His research interests include child development, social mobility, the income inequality, and social and economic development.
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Martin O'Flaherty

Martin O'Flaherty is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. His research focusses on understanding how fertility and partnership role trajectories shape health behaviors and health from a life course perspective.
email: [email protected]



Wonjung Oh

Wonjung Oh, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University. Her research interests are in the developmental transition periods in school and family environments focusing on the influence of child characteristics, parent, peer and contextual factors (race/ethnicity, culture, school climate) on the child's psychosocial functioning.
email: [email protected]



Alison Parkes

Alison Parkes is a Senior Investigator Scientist at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, UK. Her research focuses on associations between family processes and child health. Recent topics explored include explanations for social inequalities in young children's BMI; influence of social support on parenting stress; trajectories of children's behavioural and emotional problems before and after transition to primary school; family and school influences on young children's subjective well-being.
email: [email protected]



Darcey Powell

Darcey Powell is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Roanoke College. Her research focuses on transitions within families, particularly related to the role of parenting, as well as parents' perceptions of themselves and their families during these times of change.
email: [email protected]


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Prachi Shah

Prachi Shah is a Clinical Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
email: [email protected]



Natalie Slopen

Natalie Slopen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistcs at the Unviersity of Maryland School of Public Health. Her primary area of research investigates how childhood social environment influences physical and mental health and health disparities over the life course.
email: [email protected]



Zoe Taylor

Zoe Taylor is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Her research examines psychological, environmental, and biological processes that contribute to socio-emotional development in children and adolescents. In particular she is interested in processes that relate to resiliency and coping in vulnerable or at risk children and families (especially those who are struggling economically, live in impoverished areas and-or are underrepresented, such as minority ethnic groups and single parents).
email: [email protected]



Devon Wade

Devon Wade is a doctoral student in the department of sociology at Columbia University. His research interest are race and urban inequality and crime and deviance. His research specifically explores the implication of stigmatizing parental statuses, mainly parental incarceration, for perception.
email: [email protected]



Jennifer Wang

Jennifer M. Wang, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at Columbia University's Teachers College. Her reserach uses advanced quantitative methodology (e.g. structural equation modeling) to examine the links between individual differences, peer relationships, and youth adjustment in childhood and adolescence.
email: [email protected]



Emily Warren

Emily Warren, MSW MPP, is a doctoral student at University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her research interests include family homelessness, housing instability and affordability, and federal rent assistance policy.
email: [email protected]



Heather Washington

Heather Washington is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her primary interest is in understanding the consequences of incarceration for individuals and those who are connected to them by familial ties. Her current research uses FFCWS data to explore: (1) the consequences of individuals' involvement in crime and history of incarceration for family formation, family dynamics, and youths' behavior; (2) the characteristics and circumstances that mediate and/or moderate the impact of incarceration on children and families; and (3) whether the effects of incarceration are universal across ethnoracial groups and immigrant backgrounds.
email: [email protected]



Deadric Williams

Deadric Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include low-income families, stress and health, social inequality, and quantitative methods.
email: [email protected]



Alice Winstanley

Alice Winstanley is currently a postdoctoral research assistant at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the role of medical risk and family process variables on later adjustment and well-being.
email: [email protected]



Adrienne Woods

Adrienne Woods is a doctoral student in the University of Michigan's Combined Program in Education and Psychology. She researches issues related to students with special needs and those at risk for K-12 special education placement, including perceptions of the inclusive education model, policy consequences, school reform, special edcuation trajectories, and developmental psychopathology.
email: [email protected]



Colleen Wynn

Colleen Wynn is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research interests include housing, demography, families, and fatherhood. She is particularly interested in housing outcomes among low-income urban families. 
email: [email protected]



Xing (Sherry) Zhang

Sherry Zhang is a third-year PhD student in policy analysis and management at Cornell University. Her research interests lie in the intergenerational transmission of incarceration and race/ethnic relations. 
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