Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D.

Independent Evaluation Consultant
Family Strengthening Programs & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs


University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Qualitative Researcher

Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is also the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership, a research group at the LBJ School that conducts rigorous evaluations in the areas of family strengthening, fatherhood, early childhood, child welfare, and adolescent well-being. She has extensive experience conducting long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works and why, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies. Dr. Osborne specializes in collaborative partnerships and the real world application of academic research. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, family and child wellbeing, and family demography. She joined UT Austin’s faculty in 2005, after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University, where she worked on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, she taught middle school in a low-income community in California.