NEWS 2013

Chase-Lansdale Named Associate Provost for Faculty


Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

IPR developmental psychologist Lindsay Chase-Lansdale became Associate Provost for Faculty at Northwestern University on September 1. Chase-Lansdale, who is currently professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy, also became the Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, in recognition of her teaching and scholarship. She will succeed James Young, who has served as Associate Provost since 2008.

“As Associate Provost for Faculty, Lindsay will play a significant role in all matters pertaining to Northwestern’s faculty,” said Provost Daniel Linzer in announcing the appointment. “In particular, she will work to build and support faculty excellence across the University, identifying new ways to strengthen faculty innovation and distinction.”

Her key priorities in the position will revolve around recruiting and retaining faculty, supporting orientation and mentoring, fostering collaboration, enhancing diversity, and encouraging scholarly and creative work and teaching.  

“Lindsay has established an impressive track record as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and policy expert—all experiences that she can draw upon in her new role,” said IPR Director David Figlio. “We have no doubt that she will do an outstanding job.”

A specialist in multidisciplinary research on societal issues that affect families and the development of children and youth—especially those who are economically disadvantaged, Chase-Lansdale has had a significant impact in forging new paths in how social science research is conducted at IPR and Northwestern. As founding director of IPR’s Cells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health for eight years, she led an interdisciplinary cadre of IPR researchers to examine how broad social, racial/ethnic, and economic disparities “get under the skin” to affect human development and physical and mental health. C2S received funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and this role required her to be conversant in subfields that range from psychobiology and gene-environment interplay to economics and public policy. Her current research agenda, which she will continue as Associate Provost, involves an action-research project on education and workforce programs for young, low-income parents, combined with a high-quality, early childhood education program, for which she was recently awarded an inaugural Ascend Fellowship from the Aspen Institute.

Internationally recognized for her research and its applications, Chase-Lansdale has garnered many awards and honors over the course of her career. She was recently elected to the National Academy of Education and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. A national expert on the interface between research and public policy, she has received the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Social Policy Award, as well as the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children.

For more information about Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, see her IPR bio page.