NEWS 2011

Chase-Lansdale Recognized for Distinguished Contributions

Lindsay Lansdale

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (center) with Nancy Hill and Oscar Barbarin,
co-chairs of the SRCD Senior Awards Committee.
(Photo courtesy of SRCD-all rights reserved)

IPR developmental psychologist Lindsay Chase-Lansdale has been named the 2011 recipient of the award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). It was presented on March 31 at the society’s biennial meeting in Montreal.

“It is a wonderful well-deserved honor for Lindsay. She is a superb exemplar of a scholar who bridges the divide between research on human development and public policy,” said Fay Lomax Cook, IPR’s director and professor of human development and social policy.

Chase-Lansdale was honored for her pioneering research on child and family policy issues; her multidisciplinary work on longitudinal studies of children and their families in low-income neighborhoods, carefully documenting the experiences of three-generational families; and co-directing the first Washington, D.C., office of SRCD and launching the society’s ongoing publication, the SRCD Social Policy Report.

Also recognized for “inspiring students’ and colleagues’ work the interface between research and social policy,” Chase-Lansdale noted that she was thrilled to reconnect with so many of her former students and mentees at the conference. These included Ariel Kalil of the University of Chicago, Christine Li-Grining of Loyola University Chicago, and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal of the University of Pittsburgh, among others.

Chase-Lansdale joins a prominent roster of previous recipients, including scholars such as Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman of the University of Chicago and child development and policy pioneer Edward Zigler of Yale.

Lansdale and students
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (back row, second from
right) celebrates her award with some of her former
graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and
mentees following the SRCD conference in Montreal.

“How excited I was to hear that Lindsay received this award,” said Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, a leading developmental psychologist at Columbia, who is also a previous SRCD award recipient and a close colleague of Chase-Lansdale’s. “Her contribution to the well-being of children, through her policy-oriented research, is path-breaking. It’s a well-deserved award for one of our nation’s most esteemed policy researchers!”

Chase-Lansdale’s research takes on a multidisciplinary, "risk-and-resilience" perspective to study developmental trajectories across the lifespan to understand what family and community strengths enable children to develop healthily in the context of economic hardship. She has been a leading force behind several large-scale studies and early childhood interventions, including the groundbreaking Three-City Study of welfare reform. She is currently working on an innovative, dual-generation education intervention for low-income parents and young children. An exploratory study was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and currently the Administration for Children and Families is funding a collaboration to expand and study CareerAdvance, a program in Tulsa, Okla., that combines education and workforce training for parents with high quality early childhood education for their children.

An IPR faculty fellow, Chase-Lansdale is also founding director of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at IPR and professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern. She was the first developmental psychologist to be tenured in a U.S. public policy school.