Chelsea Smith

PRC Graduate Student TraineeM.A., University of Texas at Austin

Chelsea Smith



Families; Children, Youth, and Adolescents; Demography; Longitudinal Quantitative Methods


Chelsea Smith is pursuing her doctoral degree in the Department of Sociology and is a graduate student trainee with the Population Research Center. Her research interests are in family, children/youth/adolescents, and demography. Specifically, her work focuses on the effects of family instability on various aspects of children's well-being as well as the correlates of family formation during the transition to adulthood.

Chelsea's dissertation will identify ecological environments that foster and reduce exposure to child maltreatment during critical developmental periods, examining how child maltreatment arises within and across different kinds of families and neighborhoods. Funded by a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, her dissertation will identify the types of neighborhoods that may be most responsive to policy interventions that build off of communities' strengths and assist parents and children whose family lives are in flux.

Before entering graduate school, Chelsea earned a B.A. in Sociology and French Studies from Rice University. She completed her M.A. thesis in the summer of 2013 as part of her current graduate program at UT-Austin.

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