PhD, Sociology, University of Texas, Austin
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Robert Crosnoe
Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Policy Mentor
Karla Lawson
Director, Trauma and Injury Research Center, Dell Children's Medical Center

Current Institutional Affiliation
Atlassian: Senior Analyst

Areas of Expertise

Families and Family Systems, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Adolescents and Young Adults


Dr. Chelsea Smith Gonzalez received her PhD ffrom the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Specializing in demography and family demography, she also trained at the Population Research Center. Dr. Smith's research focuses broadly on the mechanisms through which family instability affects various measures of children's well-being, as well as family formation during young adulthood. Her current work considers multiple facets of family instability and child well-being, including child maltreatment, and incorporates neighborhoods as another ecological context of children's lives. As a research assistant, she has coordinated and overseen multiple longitudinal studies, including national data collection for the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. Dr. Smith earned a BA in sociology and French Studies from Rice University and received an M.A. at the University of Texas at Austin.