Christina Nefeli Caramanis is a fourth year doctoral student at the LBJ School with a focus in Social Policy. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from Boston University and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Christina’s research interests focus on the dynamic interplay between poverty — both at the community and family levels — and the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and academic development of children and youth. In an effort to inform policy in various community and family settings, she is broadly interested in: (1) looking at the pathways through which antipoverty programs and policies interact with system-wide patterns of behavior and overall child and family well-being, and (2) using higher level statistical modeling and analysis to quantitatively address individual- and system-level change in key family- and child-level processes. Christina worked as a graduate research assistant on the Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative project at the Ray Marshall Center.
Research Interests: Social welfare policy, family policy and demography, poverty reduction, child development