PhD, Public Policy, Duke University
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Anna Gassman-Pines
Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Policy Mentor
Michael Becketts
Director, Durham County Social Services

Current Institutional Affiliation
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories

Areas of Expertise

Low-Income Families and Individuals, Economic Supports for Families, Families and Family Systems


Anika Schenck-Fontaine, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Germany. Her research examines how economic hardship and in particular the material and psychological aspects of hardship influence parenting behavior and children's well-being and development. She approaches this research from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on theories and methods from psychology, economics, and sociology. She earned her PhD from Duke University in 2018. Prior to entering her PhD program, Dr. Schenck-Fontaine worked on the implementation and evaluation of interventions for dually involved youth at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. She earned an MPP from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from the University of Maryland.