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Aletha C. Huston

Faculty Research Associate Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Professor Emeritus of Human Development & Family Sciences; Pricilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Child Development
Aletha C. Huston



Aletha C. Huston is the Pricilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Child Development at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in understanding the effects of poverty on children and the impact of child care and income support policies on children's development. She is a Principal Investigator in the New Hope Project, a study of the effects on children and families of parents' participation in a work-based program to reduce poverty, and a collaborator in the Next Generation Project, a cross-study investigation of child care, income, employment effects of welfare and employment policies.

In the past, she was an investigator in the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, and conducted a program of research on television and children, co-directing the The Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children (CRITC).

Her books include Children in Poverty: Child Development and Public Policy, Big World, Small Screen: The Role of Television in American Society, Developmental Contexts of Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood, and Higher Ground: New Hope for the Working Poor and their Children. She is Past President of the Society for Research in Child Development. She has won numerous research awards, including the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology, and the SRCD award for contributions to Child Development and Public Policy.

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