School of Education and Social Policy professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education because of her outstanding scholarship and contributions to education. The National Academy, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members, is dedicated to advancing high-quality education research and its use in policy formulation.
Chase-Lansdale is professor in the Human Development and Social Policy program at SESP 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.
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.
Chase-Lansdale was recently selected for the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health & Society Scholars program. The national committee oversees this initiative to improve Americans’ health by building capacity for research, leadership and policy change. Chase-Lansdale was the founding director ofCells to Society: The Center on Social Disparities and Health at Northwestern University.
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.
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.
Other SESP faculty members who are members of the National Academy of Education are dean Penelope Peterson; professors Carol Lee, Douglas Medin and Larry Hedges; and professor emeritus Allan Collins. The Academy regularly convenes conferences and sponsors studies and reports, as well as administers the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.