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P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Ph.D.

 Term: January 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is the Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy and Associate Provost for Faculty, Northwestern University. She is an expert on the interface between research and social policy for children and families, a former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow, and the first developmental psychologist to be tenured in a public policy school in the United States. She was founding director for seven years of the NICHD-funded center Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University where she is a Faculty Fellow.

Chase-Lansdale specializes in multidisciplinary research on social issues and how they affect families and the development of children and youth. Much of her work addresses family and program strengths that lead to children's positive social and educational outcomes in the context of economic hardship. Specific topics include two-generation educational interventions for young parents and children, early childhood education, postsecondary education and training for low-income young adults, immigration, welfare reform, maternal employment, marriage and cohabitation, parent-child relationships, and social disparities in health. She is the author of numerous articles and the co-editor of 3 volumes, including Escape from Poverty: What Makes a Difference for Children? (1995); For Better and for Worse: Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Children and Families (2001); and Human Development Across Lives and Generations: The Potential for Change (2004).

Chase-Lansdale is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She is the recipient of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Social Policy Award as well as the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children. In recent years, Chase-Lansdale has received a grant to mentor scholars of color at all levels. She also was selected for the first cohort of the Aspen Institute's Ascend Fellowship, designed to bring innovative leaders together to promote a two-generation approach in policy, practice, and research with the goal of assisting low-income parents and young children toward educational success and economic security. She serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Adolescent Health, and she recently chaired the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the board of directors of the Foundation for Child Development, the nation’s oldest continuing philanthropy for disadvantaged children, and the NIH Study Section on Social Sciences and Population Studies.

Chase-Lansdale received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan in 1981.