University-Based Child & Family Policy Consortium


The University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium seeks to inform social policy that optimizes child and family wellbeing.


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About the Consortium

The Consortium engages members around the core components of the Consortium’s mission:

  • Research – scientific collaboration around child and family policy issues.
  • Career Development – cross-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate training to support the next generation of child and family policy researchers.
  • Engagement – effective research-to-policy and research-to-practice translation; efforts to use research to inform policy and practice.

Consortium members participate in monthly webinars, share resources on the Consortium listserv, and collaborate on various Consortium projects.


The Consortium was founded in 2002 by a handful of interested university leaders and today has over 25 member entities. In 2009, the Consortium launched its initial website and received funding from the Foundation for Child Development to establish a strategy and business plan. In 2011, the Consortium started hosting webinars on child and family policy issues. In 2015, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) became the Consortium’s administrative host. Today, the Consortium has a growing listserv and is expanding web content to better serve the needs of members.

Consortium Steering Committee

Michael MacKenzie, Chair 2014-2023 McGill University
Sherika Nichole Hill, Vice Chair 2021-2023 Duke University
Leslie Babinski 2021-2023 Duke University
Joshua Brown 2014-2021 Fordham University
Sara Harkness 2021-2023 University of Connecticut
Sheniqua Jeffrey 2021-2023 Fordham University
Tama Leventhal 2014-2021 Tufts University
David Ribar 2021-2023 Georgia State University
Greg Welch 2017-2023 University of Nebraska
Emilie Smith, Governing Council Representative, Ex-Officio 2021-2027 Michigan State University
Caley Corcoran, Staff Liaison   Society for Research in Child Development