NEWS 2013

Chase-Lansdale Named to National Academy


Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

IPR developmental psychologist Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was one of 12 national scholars whose election to the National Academy of Education in Washington, D.C., was announced on February 6.

“The newly elected members are preeminent leaders in their respective areas of educational research, and they are recognized for the extraordinary influence that they have had on education in the U.S. and abroad,” said Academy president Susan Fuhrman.

Founded in 1965, the Academy seeks to advance high-quality education research and its use in policy and practice. A highly selective organization, its 200 members are elected on the basis of their scholarship in the field of education, and help to train the next generation of education scholars.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Lindsay,” said Penelope Peterson, Dean of Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, where Chase-Lansdale is a professor. “I am proud to have Lindsay join the five other members of our school who are already National Academy of Education members—Larry Hedges, Carol Lee, Douglas Medin, Allan Collins, and myself.” Peterson is Eleanor R. Baldwin Professor of Education. IPR education researcher and statistician Hedges is Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy, and Lee is an IPR associate and Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy.

Chase-Lansdale was the first developmental psychologist to receive tenure in a public policy school in the United States, and she specializes in multidisciplinary research on social issues and how they affect families and the development of children and adolescents. Much of her work addresses family strengths that lead to children's positive social and educational outcomes in the context of economic hardship. Specific topics include two-generation educational interventions for young parents and children, early childhood education, postsecondary education and training for low-income young adults, immigration, welfare reform, maternal employment, marriage and cohabitation, parent-child relationships, and social disparities in health.

The founding director of IPR’s Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health for seven years, Chase-Lansdale has also worked to bring together a multidisciplinary cadre of researchers to explore how to better understand social, economic, and cultural contexts and their effects on physical and mental health—as well as cognitive achievement. She was also recently named to the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program.

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is professor of human development and social policy and an IPR fellow.