Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.
Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, and family demography. She has extensive experience in long-term evaluations of state and national programs, including the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Home Visiting Program and paternity, child support, and teen education programs of the Texas Office of the Attorney General. Dr. Osborne is also a Research Affiliate of the Population Research Center and a Research Affiliate of the Center for Women and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as consultant and Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group for the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), a long-term project of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She is elected to the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Council, the leadership team responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. Dr. Osborne directs The University of Texas at Austin’s institutional membership of SRCD’s University-Based Child Family Policy Consortium. She previously was Director of the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), an initiative of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. PEEQ measured state educator preparation programs’ influence on student achievement 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. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. 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.
Nora Ankrum, MPAffResearch Analyst
Nora Ankrum holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School. 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 assists with projects related to paternity establishment and father involvement.
Kaeley Bobbitt, Ph.D.Senior Policy Associate
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. Kaeley is a lead researcher on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation and the Estimation of the Cost of Raising Children in Texas projects.
Kyle Bradbury, MPAffResearch Associate
Kyle Bradbury holds a Master 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 is a data specialist and leads the CFRP data team for all projects, with a special focus on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation project.
Daniel Dillon, MPAffSenior Research Associate
Daniel Dillon holds a Master 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 leads projects related to paternity establishment and asset building.
Allison Dubin, MPHResearch Associate
Allison Dubin holds a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center and a B.S. in Business and Spanish from Trinity University. Before working at LBJ, Allison led research projects on the state nursing workforce at the Texas Department of State Health Services. During graduate school, she interned at the Livestrong Foundation where she conducted evaluation research on a cancer survivor support program and at Apple where she supported health promotion programming in the wellness department. Allison currently works on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation project.
Anna Lipton Galbraith, MPAffSenior Research Associate
Anna Lipton Galbraith holds a Master of 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 is a lead researcher on the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation team as well as projects related to child support and adolescent development.
Holly Sexton, MASenior Research Associate
Holly Sexton holds a M.A. degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology with minors in English and French from Centenary College. Prior to coming to LBJ, she worked as a data manager and research associate affiliated with research centers at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, and most recently in the Human Development and Family Science department at the University of Texas at Austin. She also was a TEFL teacher as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Africa. Holly is a data specialist and helps the CFRP data team on multiple projects.
Graduate Research Assistants
Sydney BriggsGraduate 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 assists on the Estimation of the Cost of Raising a Child in Texas project.
Elizabeth EbotGraduate Research Assistant
Elizabeth Ebot is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University in 2014. Prior to graduate school, she conducted Public Health research in Israel appraising the general health disparities between Jews and Arab-Israelis. Additionally she investigated the practice of honor killings among Bedouin tribes and its effect on marriage structure, education, and traditional norms. She is currently assisting on multiple projects for CFRP.
Matti HautalaGraduate Research Assistant
Matti Hautala is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Ithaca College in upstate New York and has worked as a bilingual mental health counselor in the Greater Austin area for the past five years. After working in local children’s shelters, community clinics, and residential treatment centers, Matti decided to take these experiences and use them to begin a career researching, rewriting, and reshaping the social policies that guide healthcare service delivery in Texas. He is currently assisting on multiple projects for CFRP.
Carlos HerreraGraduate Research Assistant
Carlos Herrera is a Ph.D. 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 assists with multiple projects as part of the core CFRP data team.
Isabel HoveyGraduate Research Assistant
Isabel Hovey is a Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She earned her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to UT, Isabel served with the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in El Salvador, worked as the program director for adult literacy at Fayetteville Urban Ministry in North Carolina, and designed new libraries and literacy programs for East Austin College Prep charter school. Isabel currently assists with the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation project.
Abby Lane, MPPGraduate Research Assistant
Abby Lane is a Ph.D. 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 currently assists with the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation project at CFRP.
Frank Martin-BuckGraduate Research Assistant
Frank Martin-Buck is a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to UT, Frank spent five years in Economic Consulting at ApplEcon in Ann Arbor, MI and Bates White in Washington, DC. There he provided support for expert testimony in the fields of anti-trust, energy, finance, and environmental product liability. Frank is currently part of the core data team providing data support on a variety of projects.
Alexis McLauchlanGraduate Research Assistant
Alexis McLauchlan is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Boston College in 2009. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin, Alexis was a Family Advocate at the Center for Family Representation, a legal and social work non-profit in New York City. She advocated for low-income parents in the child welfare system and helped families reunite and remain safely together. Alexis is assisting with the Model Court Mediation project.
Molly McManusGraduate 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.
Selva Swetha Ayyampalayam RajeswaranGraduate Research Assistant
Selva Swetha is a Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Prior to graduate school, she worked on a randomized evaluation of sanitation solutions for urban slums in India, and with an action-based research organization in rural India, working on developing a feasible primary healthcare delivery model for the country. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick, UK. She is currently assisting with the Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation project at CFRP.
Christa WalikonisGraduate Research Assistant
Christa Walikonis is a is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She earned her B.A. in Humanities from Walla Walla University in 2010. As an undergraduate she interned with the Washington State Legislature and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. Prior to attending to The University of Texas at Austin, she was a policy writer in the health care and medical malpractice insurance industries. She is currently assisting on multiple projects for CFRP.
Kristyne BlackburnFinance and Grants Director
Kristyne Blackburn is the Finance and Grants Director for CFRP. 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.
Wendy GonzalesOperations and Communications Director
Wendy Gonzales is the Operations and Communications Director 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.
Jennifer GranceAdministrative Associate
Jennifer Grance is an Administrative Associate at CFRP 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 manages the purchasing, travel, special events and administrative needs of CFRP.