Marriage and Cohabitation Staff

Today’s children are born into and grow up in many different types of families.  For example, four in ten babies in the U.S. are born to unmarried parents – either single or cohabiting. Child Trends tracks and analyzes the changes taking place in the structure of the American family over recent decades and how these changes impact children. We review the research literature, examine trends in the data, conduct qualitative studies, and evaluate programs intended to promote and support healthy relationships within and outside of marriage.

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Kristin Anderson Moore

Senior Scholar and Co-Director of Youth Development
Education: Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan

Kristin Moore is a social psychologist who studies trends in child and family well-being, positive development, the determinants and consequences of early sexual activity and parenthood, fatherhood, the effects of family structure and social change on children, and the effects of public policies and poverty on children.

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Lina Guzman

Director of Child Trends' Hispanic Institute and Co-Director for Reproductive Health and Family Formation & Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lina Guzman is a family demographer with expertise in qualitative research and survey design. Her current research focuses on reproductive health and decision-making among young adults, in particular racial/ethnic minorities, as well as union formation and stability among vulnerable couples.

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Jennifer Manlove

Co-Director for Reproductive Health and Family Formation & Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University

Jennifer Manlove has worked on multiple research projects examining both antecedents and consequences of teenage sexual activity, contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing.

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Kristine Andrews

Program Area Director
Education: Ph.D., Family & Child Ecology, Michigan State University

Kristine Andrews combines a practitioner background as a marriage and family therapist with research methodological experience. She has substantive experience in teen pregnancy prevention programs, qualitative research methods, survey development, program evaluation, and implementation research.

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Mindy E. Scott

Deputy Program Area Director of Reproductive Health and Family Formation
Education: Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University

Mindy Scott works in the Parenting and Family Dynamics and Fertility and Family Structure research areas. Her interests include union formation and dissolution, child development, and father involvement and child wellbeing during adolescence and the transition to adulthood.

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Elizabeth Wildsmith

Deputy Program Area Director
Education: Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

Elizabeth Wildsmith is a family demographer who studies family formation and reproductive health. Her research examines the process of marriage, cohabitation, and childbearing, as well as how social and family contexts may increase exposure to, or offer protection from, risk factors associated with the negative health and well-being of women, children, and families.

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Selma Caal

Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University

Selma Caal has over 10 years of experience studying families and child/youth well-being. She has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative studies using social ecological models. Her research portfolio includes studies that have examined factors associated with the social and emotional development of children and youth and, more recently, factors associated with reproductive health behaviors among Latino adolescents.

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Manica F. Ramos

Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Manica Ramos is a developmental psychologist who conducts mixed methods research. Her research focuses on early care and education programs, specifically, parental engagement, assessing the quality of parent-teacher relationships, understanding and measuring cultural sensitivity and parental empowerment, and conducting evaluations of early care and education interventions.

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Brigitte Gavin Vaughn

Senior Manager, Communications/Research Scientist
Education: M.S.S.P., University of Pennsylvania

Brigitte Vaughn is Senior Manager, Communications/Research Scientist at Child Trends. She works across several policy and communications efforts related to adolescent health and child welfare.

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Kate Welti

Research Consultant
Education: M.P.P., Georgetown University Public Policy Institute

Kate Welti works in the Fertility and Family Structure research area and also assists on projects in the Early Childhood Development area. She has a broad knowledge of quantitative research methods and extensive experience conducting statistical analyses and analyzing nationally representative longitudinal data sets.

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Elizabeth Cook

Senior Research Analyst
Education: M.S.P.H., Reproductive, Perinatal, and Women's Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Elizabeth Cook conducts research on reproductive health and family formation for the Teen Pregnancy and Reproductive Health research area. Her interests include family planning, contraceptive counseling, sexuality education, abortion, intimate partner violence, and gender dynamics.

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