Thursday, October 13, 2016

An APPAM/MDRC Institutional Member Forum: The Future of Applying Behavioral Science to Social Policy

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and APPAM are hosting a forum on December 13, 2016 which will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. This event brings together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy.


APPAM Welcomes New Policy Council Cohort for 2013

January 18, 2013 10:30 AM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) welcomes seven new members to its Policy Council. The Council is the Association's board of directors and consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered four-year terms of office. The newly-elected Council members will serve on the board through 2017. Voting was conducted online from mid-December 2012 to early January 2013 by Association members. (Student members are not eligible to vote.)

The Policy Council is responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. Between meetings of the Policy Council, the Executive Committee (the officers, the executive director, and the editor of JPAM) is authorized to make tactical and implementation decisions for APPAM.

The newly-elected Policy Council members are:

Mark C. Long, University of Washington

Mark_LongMark C. Long is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. His current research focuses on higher education and labor issues, including gender disparities, affirmitive action, and financial aid, and has previously worked on the economics of nursing labor markets and manufacturing firms' wage and productivity dynamics.

Long previously served on the faculty of George Washington University and has publications in numerous journals, including The Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and as Co-Editor of JPAM. He received his Ph.D. M.A., and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan.

Colleen L. Barry, Johns Hopkins University

Colleen_BarryColleen L. Barry is the Associate Chair for Research and Practice and Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research is in the policy and regulation affecting often-stigmatized health conditions with a focus on mental illness, substance use disorders, and obesity. Other recent work has explored the effects of various policy initiatives to improve children’s mental health.

Barry has served as a Principal Investigator on some grants for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has been involved with a number of projects examining the implications of various aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on mental illness and addiction treatment. She has been published in several journals, including Psychiatric Services, Administraion and Policy in Mental Health, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Barry received her Ph.D. and M.P.P. from Harvard University.

Lucie Schmidt, Williams College

Lucie_SchmidtLucie Schmidt is the Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College. Her fields of specialization are in the economics of the family, public finance and labor economics, government transfer programs, and the economics of gender.

Schmidt is a member of the American Economic Association, the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, the Population Association of America, and the Society of Labor Economists. She has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, and Social Science Research. Schmidt received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Michigan.

Jodi Sandfort, University of Minnesota

Jodi_SandfortJodi Sandfort is Chair of the Leadership & Management Area and an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research, teaching, and practice focus on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. As a result, she works with and studies the leaders, organizations, and networks of public, private, and philanthropic organizations that develop and deliver social programs.

Sandfort is the author of numerous academic articles, book chapters, and reports for policymakers and practitioners about nonprofit management, social welfare system design, organizational effectiveness, early childhood education, welfare reform, and research methodology. She has also worked as a case manager for the AIDS Care Connection in Detroit, as a program assistant at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., and as an assistant professor of public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She worked as a consultant with national and state-wide foundations, think-tanks, and other nonprofit human service organizations. She has provided leadership coaching, executive development, and organizational development services to nonprofit, philanthropic, and public organizations. Sandfort received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Robert Kaestner, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bob_KaestnerRobert Kaestner is the Director of Graduate Studies and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His fields of interest lie in health, labor, social policy, and econometrics. He also served as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Kaestner has had publications in several journals, including JPAM, the Journal of Human Capital, and Developmental Psychology. He received the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for the best publication in Social Services Review in 2012. Kaestner received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

David S. Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau

David_Johnson_-_PractitionerDavid S. Johnson is one of two practitioners serving in this cohort. He is the Chief of the U.S. Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division.  The division compiles and analyzes data on the physical, social and financial characteristics of the nation’s housing, and on the socioeconomic characteristics of households, families and individuals. Previously, Johnson served with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and was responsible for all production, development, and dissemination of the Consumer Price Index program. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute.

While at BLS, he was involved in the Alternative Poverty Measurement program at the Census Bureau, co-authoring the first Experimental Poverty Measures report and assisted in many other Census Bureau reports. He was also active in the Interagency Technical Working Group to Improve the Measurement of Income and Poverty and the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Laura R. Peck, Abt Associates

Laura_Peck_-_PractitionerLaura R. Peck is a Principal Scientist at Abt Associates and is the second practitioner serving in this Policy Council cohort. Peck is a leading research authority on social welfare and employment policies and programs. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) School of Public Affairs. She was also the Founding Associate Dean of Barrett, the Honors College at ASU's Phoenix campus.

Peck has co-authored a public policy text book and numerous articles in respected journals, including the Evaluation Review, the American Journal of Evaluation, the Policy Studies Journal, and JPAM. She is the recipient of a number of honors for excellence in teaching including the Centennial Professor Award from ASU. Peck received her Ph.D., M.A., and M.P.A. from New York University.

The Association would also like to thank the following for their service to the Council as they exit their duties from the board: Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University; Brian Jacob, University of Michigan; David Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau; Melissa Kearney, University of Maryland - College Park; Susanna Loeb, Stanford University; Dave Marcotte, University of Maryland - Baltimore County; James Riccio, MDRC; and Jeffrey Straussman, University at Albany-SUNY (Institutional Representative).


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