Education
  • Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2003
  • MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1999
  • M.A. in Education, Claremont Graduate University, 1995
  • B.A. in Economics and Psychology, Claremont McKenna College, 1991
Research Areas
  • Family Demography
  • Child and Family Wellbeing
  • Social Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Social Policy

Cynthia Osborne is an associate professor and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School. She is also the director of the Child and Family Research Partnership, an in-house research group that conducts rigorous research on policy issues related to young children, adolescents and their parents. Her teaching and research interests include social policy issues, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, and family demography. Dr. Osborne has extensive experience leading long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies. Her work includes evaluations for the Texas Home Visiting Program, the largest home visiting program in the country; for critical child welfare programs of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; and for key child support programs of the Texas Office of the Attorney General. She previously was director of the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality, an initiative that measured state educator preparation programs’ influence on student achievement. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in demography and public affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Arts in education from Claremont Graduate University.

Media Expertise
  • Family and Child Welfare
  • Welfare
  • Family demography
  • Inequality
  • Marriage
  • Politics
  • Social policy

Newsworthy

NewsJanuary 30, 2014
Cynthia Osborne Elected to APPAM Policy Council

Cynthia Osborne, the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, has been elected to a four-year term on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

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NewsSeptember 10, 2013
Osborne Evaluates Texas Home Visiting Program for Texas HHSC

Cynthia OsborneIncreased federal investments in early childhood programs have opened up many new opportunities for states, including the expansion of home visiting programs, which are designed to improve a variety of outcomes for at-risk young children and their families.

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NewsFebruary 8, 2013
83rd Texas State Legislature Faculty Experts Guide

The 83rd Texas State Legislature is in full swing and while the state budget, education finance and redistricting are set to be the most pressing issues that the legislature will tackle, myriad of other issues are likely to come before the session. Faculty experts from the LBJ School of Public Affairs are available to discuss policy and political issues from a variety of perspectives.

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