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Cynthia Osborne

Cynthia  Osborne

Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Director, Child and Family Research Partnership


Contact Info

512-471-9808
SRH 3.238
cosborne@prc.utexas.edu

Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Primary Investigator on the long-term evaluation project of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Home Visiting Program. She has extensive experience in evaluation of state and national programs, including the Texas Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) Curriculum and the Raising Texas initiative. She also directed the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), a statewide project for the Texas Education Agency. Dr. Osborne joined the faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, family demography, teacher quality, and school entry among disadvantaged children. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Masters of Arts in Education. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California. Download Dr. Osborne's CV. 

Education

Ph.D. - Princeton University. Demography and Public Affairs. - 2003
M.P.P. - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Public Policy 1999
M.A. - Claremont Graduate University. Education. 1995
B.A. - Claremont McKenna College. Economics and Psychology. 1991

Current Positions

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2010 – Present)
Director, Child and Family Research Partnership, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2011 – Present)
Director, Texas Home Visiting Program Evaluation, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2011 – Present)
Director, Family Policy Impact Seminar, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2008 – Present)
Research Affiliate, Center for Women and Gender Studies (2006 – Present)
Executive Member, Center for Health and Social Policy (2005 – Present)
Research Affiliate, Population Research Center (2005 – Present)

Previous Positions

Director, Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2010 – 2012)
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2005 – 2010)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Princeton University (2003 – 2005)
Adjunct Professor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ (2002 – 2003)
Teacher and Administrator, Foothill Middle School, 6th grade, Azusa, CA (1994 – 1997)

Lincove, Jane Arnold, Cynia Osborne, Amanda Dillon, & Nick Mills (2013). “The Politics and Statistics of Value-added Modeling for Accountability of Teacher Preparation Programs,” Journal of Teacher Education.

Osborne, Cynthia. Further Comments On the Papers by Marks and Regnerus. Social Science Research, 41:779 – 783. (Commentary).

Osborne, Cynthia. Family Structure Transitions and Changes in Maternal Resources and Well-Being. Demography, Vol. 49. Number 1, 23-47. Available for download here. 

Osborne, Cynthia. Evaluation of the Parenting and Paternity Awareness p.a.p.a. Curriculum Final Report 2008-2010. The LBJ School of Public Affairs. Available for download here.

Fomby, Paula & Cynthia Osborne. The Relative Effects of Union Instability and Union Quantity on Children's Aggressive Behavior. Social Science Review. Available online http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0049089X

Osborne, Cynthia & Lawrence Berger. Parental Substance Abuse and Child Health and Behavior. Journal of Family Issues, 30. 341 – 370.

Berger, Lawrence, Marcia Carlson, Sharon Bostezck & Cynthia Osborne. Parenting Practices of Resident Fathers: The Role of Marital and Biological Ties. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 625 – 639.

Osborne, Cynthia, Wendy Manning, & Pamela Smock. Married and Cohabiting Parents’ Relationship Stability: A Focus on Race and Ethnicity. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 1346 - 1367.

Osborne, Cynthia, & Sara McLanahan. Partnership Instability and Child Well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 1065 - 1083.

Osborne, Cynthia & Jean Knab. Young Children’s Health and Behavior Following Welfare Reform. Children and Youth Services Review, 29(6), 762 – 781.

Slack, K., K. Magnuson, L. Berger, J. Yoo, R. Coley, R. Dunifon, A. Dworsky, A. Kalil, J. Knab, B. Lohman, & Cynthia Osborne. Family Economic Well-Being Following the 1996 Welfare Reform: Trend Data from 5 Non-Experimental Panel Studies. Children and Youth Services Review, 29(6), 698 - 720.

Osborne, Cynthia. Marriage Following the Birth of a Child Among Cohabiting and Visiting Parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 14-26.

2006 Osborne, Cynthia & Jane Lincove. Final Evaluation Report on the Texas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative. Prepared for the Office of Early Childhood Coordination, Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Conference Presentations

2009 Osborne, Cynthia. Understanding Unmarried Families. Association of Family and Conciliation Courts conference, October, Houston, TX.

2009 Osborne, Cynthia. Changing Families, Changing Risks? Cumulative Risk Factors and Family Instability Among Urban Children. Accepted to Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April, Detroit, MI.

2009 Osborne, Cynthia & Nina Palmo. Do Children Benefit if Their Unmarried Parents Marry? A Focus on Young Children’s Behavior. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April, Detroit, MI. 

2009 Osborne, Cynthia, Lawrence Berger, & Katherine Magnuson. Partnership Instability and Changes in Mothering Behaviors with Young Children. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April, Detroit, MI.

2009 Osborne, Cynthia. Changing Families, Changing Risks? Cumulative Risk Factors and Family Instability Among Urban Children. Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Denver, CO.

2009 Osborne, Cynthia & Nina Palmo. Do Children Benefit if Their Unmarried Parents Marry? A Focus on Young Children’s Behavior. Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Denver, CO.

2009 Cooper, Carey, Cynthia Osborne, Audrey Beck & Sara McLanahan. Partnership Instability and Child Well-being During the Transition to Elementary School. Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Denver, CO.

2008 Osborne, Cynthia & Jane Lincove. LBJ’s Legacy in Contemporary Social Welfare Policy: Have We Come Full Circle? LBJ Centennial Symposium On “Policy Challenges for the New President and the LBJ Legacy,” December, Austin, TX.

2008* Osborne, Cynthia. President’s Panel on Disciplinary Diversity at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy and Management, November, Los Angeles, CA.

2008* Osborne, Cynthia. Policy Perspectives on Changing American Families. Texas Office of the Attorney General, September, Austin, TX. 

2008* Osborne, Cynthia. Preliminary Overview of the p.a.p.a. Curriculum: Why Do Students Need p.a.p.a.? Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council, Keynote Address, September, San Antonio, TX.

2008* Osborne, Cynthia. Fragile Families: Who Are They? And How Can We Help? Title VI-D Child Support Forum on Access and Visitation, September, Austin, TX.

2008* Osborne, Cynthia. The Earliest Influences on Children’s Healthy Development, at the Preschoolers Left Behind Conference, May, Austin TX.

2008 Cooper, Carey, Cynthia Osborne, Audrey Beck & Sara McLanahan. Partnership Instability and Child Well-being During the Transition to Elementary School. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April, New Orleans. 

2008 Fomby, Paula & Cynthia Osborne. The Relative Effects of Family Instability and Mother/Partner Conflict on Children’s Externalizing Behavior. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April, New Orleans.

2008* Osborne, Cynthia. Is Marriage Protective for All Children? Cumulative Risks at Birth and Subsequent Child Well-Being. Center for Family and Demographic Research Seminar Series, Bowling Green State University, February.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Fragile Families: Who Are They? And How Can We Help? Title VI-D Child Support Forum on Access and Visitation, Austin, TX.

2007 Osborne, Cynthia. Is Marriage Protective for All Children? A Cumulative Risk Perspective. Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, November, Washington, DC.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia & Sara McLanahan. Family Instability and Children's Socio-emotional Development at School Entry. Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, October.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Educational Payoffs to Investments in Early Childhood. Educational Policy and Planning Program P-16 Forum. University of Texas at Austin, October 22.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Communication Patterns Between Teen Parents. Lifting Teen Families: Strengthening Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Teens conference sponsored by the  St. David’s Community Health Foundation, October 4-5, Austin, TX.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Links Between Early Father Involvement and Subsequent Family Formation. The First Nine Months of Fatherhood conference sponsored by the Texas Office of the Attorney General, August 20-21, Houston, TX.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Why Do We Need Healthy Marriage Programs? Texas Healthy Marriage Initiative Summit, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, June, Austin, TX.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Is Marriage Protective for All Children? Cumulative Risks at Birth and Subsequent Child Behavior. Welfare Reform Evaluation Conference. Administration for Children and Families, June, Washington DC.

2007* Knab, Jean, Irv Garfinkel, Sara McLanahan, Emily Moiduddin, & Cynthia Osborne. The Effects of Welfare and Child Support Policies on the Timing and Incidence of Marriage Following a Nonmarital Birth. Conference entitled Ten Years After: Evaluating the Long-Term Effects of Welfare Reform on Children, Families, Welfare, and Work. University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. April, Lexington, KY.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Is Marriage Protective for All Children? Cumulative Risks at Birth and Subsequent Child Behavior. National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. March, Ann Arbor, MI.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Gender, Equity, and Social Policy. Social Models Conference: A Comparison of the United States and Europe. University of Texas at Austin. February, Austin, TX.

2007* Osborne, Cynthia. Demographic Trends Affecting Women: What is Hopeful? What is Problematic? Annual Leadership Texas Conference, January, Austin, TX.

2006 Berger, Lawrence, Marcia Carlson, Sharon Bostezck & Cynthia Osborne. Parenting Practices of Biological and Social Fathers. Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, November, Madison, WI.

2006 Osborne, Cynthia & Jean Knab. Young Children’s Health and Behavior Following Welfare Reform. Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, November, Madison, WI.

2006 Slack, K., K. Magnuson, L.Berger, J. Yoo, R. Coley, R. Dunifon, A. Dworsky, A. Kalil, J. Knab, B. Lohman, & C. Osborne. Family Economic Well-Being Following the 1996 Welfare Reform: Trend Data from 5 Non-Experimental Panel Studies. Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, November, Madison,WI

2006* Osborne, Cynthia & Jean Knab. Welfare Reform and Young Child Health and Behavior. Invited to present at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, March, Los Angeles, CA. 

2005* Osborne, Cynthia & Lawrence Berger. “Parental Substance Abuse and Child Well-being: Are the Kids Better Off if He's Not Around?” Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. October. 

2005 Osborne, Cynthia. Cumulative Risks on Child Health and Development by Family Structure, Education, and Race. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Atlanta, GA.

2005 Osborne, Cynthia. Cumulative Risks on Child Health and Development by Family Structure, Education, and Race. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, March, Philadelphia, PA.

2004 Osborne, Cynthia, & Sara McLanahan. The Effects of Partnership Instability on Parenting and Young Child Health and Behavior. Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, November, Orlando, FL.

2004 Berger, Lawrence, & Cynthia Osborne. Do Alcohol, Cigarette, and Drug Prices Impact Prenatal Substance Use and Child Health and Development? Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, October, Atlanta, GA.

2004 Osborne, Cynthia, & Sara McLanahan. Partnership Instability and Child Well-being. Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, October, Atlanta, GA. 

2004 Osborne, Cynthia, Wendy Manning, & Pamela Smock. Instability in Fragile Families: The Role of Race-Ethnicity, Economic, and Relationship Quality. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August, San Francisco, CA.

2004* Osborne, Cynthia. Marriage Following the Birth of a Child Among Cohabiting and Visiting Parents. Invited to present at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Welfare Reform Evaluation Conference, May, Washington DC.

2004* Osborne, Cynthia. Fragile Families: Who Are They and What Do We Know About Them? Invited to present at the Texas Fragile Families Initiative, May, Austin, TX.

2004 Osborne, Cynthia. The Relationship between Family Structure and Mothering Behaviors within Race and Ethnic Groups. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, April, Boston, MA.

2004 Osborne, Cynthia. The Effect of Family Structure on Mothering Behaviors within Race and Ethnic Groups. Eastern Sociological Society, February, New York, NY.

2004* Osborne, Cynthia. Is Marriage the Answer? Evidence Underlying the Assumptions of the National Marriage Initiative. Invited to present at the AmeriCorps*VISTA National Conference on Strengthening Families, January, Jackson, MS.

2003* Osborne, Cynthia. Is Marriage the Answer? Evidence Underlying the Assumptions of the National Marriage Initiative. Invited to present at the Nebraska Marriage Initiative Conference, November, Lincoln, NB.

2003* Osborne, Cynthia. The Role of Marriage in Strengthening Families: Evidence Underlying the Assumptions of the National Marriage Initiative. Invited to present at the AmeriCorps* VISTA National Conference on Strengthening Families, September, Philadelphia, PA.

2003* Osborne, Cynthia. The Diverse Nature of Unmarried Families: The Importance of Marriage Expectations. Invited to present at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Welfare Reform Evaluation Conference, May, Washington DC.

2003 Osborne, Cynthia, Sara McLanahan, & Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. Child Behavior in Married and Cohabiting Families: The Importance of Marriage Timing. Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, November, Vancouver, BC.

2003* Osborne, Cynthia, Sara McLanahan, & Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. Is There an Advantage to Being Born to Married versus Cohabiting Parents? Differences in Child Behavior. National Poverty Center’s Conference on Marriage and Family Formation Among Low-Income Couples, September, Washington, DC.

2003 Osborne, Cynthia. Differences in Union Transitions by Living Arrangement. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, May, Minneapolis, MN.

2003 Osborne, Cynthia. The Effect of Family Structure and Family Instability on Mothering Behaviors. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, May, Minneapolis.

2003 Osborne, Cynthia, Sara McLanahan, & Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. Differences in Child Behavior in Married and Cohabiting Families. Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April, Tampa, FL. 

2003 Osborne, Cynthia. Union Transitions of Unmarried Parents: What Explains the Differences by Living Arrangement? Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February, Philadelphia, PA.

2002 Osborne, Cynthia. A New Look at Unmarried Families: Diversity in Human Capital, Attitudes, and Relationship Quality. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, May, Atlanta, GA.

2001 Osborne, Cynthia. Diversity Among Unmarried Parents: Human Capital, Attitudes, and Relationship Quality. Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, (requested), August, Germany.

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