Director

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Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.

Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.  She is also the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Primary Investigator on the long-term evaluation project of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Home Visiting Program.  She has extensive experience in evaluation of state and national programs, including the Texas Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) Curriculum and the Raising Texas initiative. She also directed the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), a statewide project for the Texas Education Agency. 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. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, family demography, teacher quality, and school entry among disadvantaged children. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Masters of Arts in Education. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California. Download Dr. Osborne's CV. See Dr. Osborne's profile at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Click here for CFRP News Posts about Dr. Osborne.

Research Staff

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Laura Bellows

Staff Research Associate
Laura Bellows holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University – Bloomington and a B.A. in History and English from Rice University. Prior to her work at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, she taught fourth grade in Houston as a Teach for America corps member and served as a legislative aide to a member of the Texas House.  Laura previously worked on the Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ) at LBJ under Dr. Osborne.  She is currently the data specialist on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation team and also continues to support the Child Support for College evaluation project.
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Kaeley Bobbitt, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Kaeley Bobbitt earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Kaeley’s research interests center around the development and well-being of children from low-income families. Outside of her graduate work, she has worked as a research assistant at the Yale Child Study Center and on the Texas KIDS COUNT project at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. As a post-doctoral fellow with CFRP, Kaeley serves on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation Team.
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Kyle Bradbury

Staff Research Associate
Kyle Bradbury holds a Master’s of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Politics from Hendrix College.  Prior to joining CFRP, he assisted with the T-STEM Initiative at Texas Education Agency and was a member of the research team at E3 Alliance.  Kyle was also a graduate research assistant for an evaluation of Texas Fitness Now, the largest physical education intervention ever evaluated.  Kyle currently assists on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation Team.
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Daniel Dillon

Staff Research Associate
Daniel Dillon holds a Master's of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to LBJ, Daniel worked at the State Capitol, taught elementary school science, and worked for an historic non-profit theatre. He also interned at The Century Foundation (TCF), a think tank based in New York, where he produced a report on inequality and contributed regular articles to the TCF blog. Daniel currently works on both the In-Hospital Acknowledgement of Paternity and the Child Support for College projects.
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Anna Lipton Galbraith

Staff Research Associate
Anna Lipton Galbraith holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.  Before coming to LBJ, Anna worked on international development projects for the National Democratic Institute.  As a student at LBJ, Anna co-authored a report on the conditions for youth who are housed in Texas county jails, and served as a Graduate Research Assistant for a project on the reclamation of the U.S. Congress.  Anna currently works on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation Team.

Graduate Research Assistants

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Nora Ankrum

Graduate Research Assistant
Nora Ankrum is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School and a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Czech from The University of Texas at Austin.  Before coming to LBJ, she was the Associate News Editor at The Austin Chronicle, where she covered local politics and policymaking with an emphasis on energy, the environment, and urban development. She also worked as a research assistant for journalist Lawrence Wright on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Nora is currently working on the In-Hospital Acknowledgment of Paternity project.
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Sydney Briggs

Graduate Research Assistant
Sydney Briggs is a dual master’s degree candidate at the School of Social Work and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese from Rutgers University. Before moving to Austin, she served with AmeriCorps at the International Institute of New Jersey, worked as a legal advocate at Jersey Battered Women’s Services, and volunteered with the New Brunswick Community Interpreter Project. Since coming to UT, Sydney has worked as a teaching assistant for the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese. She is assisting on the Cost of Raising a Child project.
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Carlos Herrera

Graduate Research Assistant
Carlos Herrera is a PhD candidate at the Economics Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.A. in Applied Mathematics and his M.A. in Economic Theory from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM). Prior to coming to UT, Carlos collaborated with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as a project coordinator measuring the impact of different initiatives taken by the social interest bank BANSEFI across Mexico. Carlos is currently assisting with multiple projects as part of the CFRP data team.
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Abby Lane

Graduate Research Assistant
Abby Lane is a PhD student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from St. Olaf College. Prior to coming to UT, Abby worked as a policy fellow covering family economic security, education, and employment issues at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC. Abby is currently assisting with the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation Project at CFRP.
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Molly McManus

Graduate Research Assistant
Molly McManus is a Masters of Educational Psychology candidate with a specialization in  Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a BS in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish and a multiple subject teaching credential from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Prior to coming to UT, she taught three years of bilingual second and third grade in East Oakland and San Francisco. During her graduate studies, Molly interned as a data analyst for AVANCE Austin and worked as  research assistant in the Agency in Young Children Project. Molly currently serves on the Texas Home Visiting Project Evaluation Team.

Program Staff

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Kristyne Blackburn

Senior Program Coordinator
Kristyne Blackburn is the finance and grants manager for the Child and Family Research Partnership group. Prior to coming to The University of Texas at Austin, Kristyne worked as an officer in the banking and finance industries for over 20 years with multiple responsibilities including budgeting, forecasting, and administration. Kristyne manages the finances, grant facilitation, and personnel needs for CFRP.
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Wendy Gonzales

Senior Program Coordinator
Wendy Gonzales is the operational and communications manager for the Child and Family Research Partnership group.  Prior to working at The University of Texas at Austin, Wendy was a marketing executive managing multi-media campaigns and projects for her clients at advertising agencies and marketing departments in Texas and Virginia.  Wendy previously worked on the Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ) at LBJ, and she currently oversees communications, technology needs, day-to-day operations, and special events for CFRP.
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Jennifer Grance

Administrative Associate
Jennifer Grance is an Administrative Associate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and has been with The University of Texas at Austin since 2008. Jennifer was the project manager of the p.a.p.a. evaluation from 2008-2010.  Prior to joining the administrative team, Jennifer worked as a director of a child care center and with children with special needs in elementary schools.  She currently coordinates purchasing, travel, special events and administrative needs of CFRP.