Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Named to Health Scholars National Committee

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Named to Health Scholars National Committee

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale for the National Advisory Committee of its Health & Society Scholars program. The national committee oversees this initiative to improve Americans’ health by building capacity for research, leadership and policy change.

The Health & Society Scholars program trains researchers for the rigorous investigation of multiple determinants of health, and well as the dissemination of knowledge about effective interventions. The program relies on the principle that multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange lead to progress in the field of population health. The ultimate goal is to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.

Chase-Lansdale is one of 14 national leaders on the National Advisory Committee for the Health & Society Scholars program. Along with Chase-Lansdale, other newly named members are George J. Isham of HealthPartners and Tené T. Lewis of Emory University.

At Northwestern University, Chase-Lansdale served for eight years as the founding director of Cells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health. Multidisciplinary research in the center brings together the social, life and biomedical sciences to understand the origins, consequences and policy solutions for contemporary health inequalities in the United States.

Chase-Lansdale is professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the School of Education and Social Policy and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She is an expert on the interface between research and social policy for children and families, a former AAAS Congressional Science Fellow, and the first developmental psychologist to be tenured in a public policy school in the United States.

She chaired the board of directors of the Foundation for Child Development, the nation’s oldest continuing philanthropy for disadvantaged children, and the NIH Study Section on Social Sciences and Population Studies. She currently chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Recently she was elected to the National Academy of Education.

Chase-Lansdale specializes in multidisciplinary research on social issues and how they affect families and the development of children, youth, and young adults. Much of her work addresses family strengths that promote healthy social and educational outcomes for children in poverty. She is the author of numerous articles and the co-editor of Escape from Poverty, For Better and for Worse and Human Development Across Lives and Generations.

In addition, Chase-Lansdale is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She is the recipient of the Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Award as well as the SRCD Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children. She has recently been awarded the Ascend Fellowship of the Aspen Institute, a program designed to bring innovative senior leaders together from research, practice, policy, philanthropy, and business to promote a two-generation approach to opening up life opportunities for low-income parents and children.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/7/13