April Wilson is a developmental researcher with a multidisciplinary background that combines family and child development, education, sociology, psychology, demography, and policy. Her research specifically focuses on identifying the factors the lead to stable and healthy family relationships and to consider whether these factors differ depending on the race, economic status, and the quality of interpersonal relationships within families.
April has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions on topics related to prevention of child maltreatment, linking research and data to practice, and policies that affect children and families. Examples of her previous work include publishing a comprehensive report on home visiting programs in Texas and conducting a county assessment of areas in highest need of prevention services for the Department of Family Protective Services in Texas. April’s research has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family and as reports for legislators, state agencies, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She also contributed articles in the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express News.