CHELSEA SMITH GONZALEZ
PhD, Sociology, University of Texas, Austin
Cohort Four Fellow
ccs15gonzalez@gmail.com

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

Areas of Expertise

Families and Family Systems, Maternal Health, Youth Development, Difference in Difference Modeling, Latent Class Analysis or Cluster Analysis, Latent Growth Curve Modeling, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Survival Analysis or Hazard Models, Structural Equation Models, Adolescents and Young Adults, Infants and Toddlers

BIOGRAPHY

Chelsea Smith is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Specializing in demography and family demography, she is also a trainee at the Population Research Center. Ms. 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. Ms. Smith earned a B.A. in sociology and French studies from Rice University and received an M.A. as part of her current graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin.