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Christina Caramanis

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Christina Nefeli Caramanis is a third year doctoral student at the LBJ School with a focus in Social Policy. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from Boston University and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Christina’s research interests focus on the dynamic interplay between poverty--both at the community and family levels--and the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth.  In an effort to inform policy in various community and family settings, she is broadly interested in: (1) looking at the pathways through which antipoverty programs and policies interact with system-wide patterns of behavior and overall child and family well-being, and (2) using higher level statistical modeling and analysis to quantitatively address individual- and system-level change in key family- and child-level processes. Christina currently works as a graduate research assistant on the Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative project at the Ray Marshall Center.

Research Interests: Social welfare policy, family policy and demography, poverty reduction, child development