Cynthia Osborne
Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership


  • Accountability
  • Data and statistics
  • Research and methodology
  • Demographics
  • Poverty
  • Early learning
  • Child development
  • Cognition and brain development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Preschool

Cynthia Osborne is the founder and director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and leads its national Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center. She is also associate dean for academic strategies and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Osborne’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child wellbeing, and family demography. She 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 of one of the largest home visiting programs in the country and many critical state-level child welfare and child support programs. Osborne holds a doctorate degree in demography and public affairs from Princeton University, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California.