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

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Economic Supports for Families, Families and Family Systems, Maternal Health, Difference in Difference Modeling, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Regression Modeling, Structural Equation Models, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Instrumental Variables


Dr. Anika Schenck-Fontaine is a postdoctoral research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Germany. Dr. Schenck-Fontaine received her PhD from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where she concentrated in Developmental Psychology. Drawing on theories of developmental psychology, sociology, and economics, her research explores the influence of subjective financial stress related to poverty, community-level economic conditions, and income inequality on parenting behavior. Prior studying at Duke University, Dr. Schenck-Fontaine worked at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. She received her MA in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.