Learn About Current and Former Fellows

The SRCD Policy Fellowship Program began in 1978 with Congressional placements. In 1991, the Fellowship program added placements in Executive Branch agencies. To date, there is a network of approximately 200 Fellowship alumni.

Listing of current and former Fellows and their placements

Biographies of current Fellows

Spotlight on the SRCD Fellow
As a requirement of the program, Fellows are asked to write 1-page reflections on their Fellowship experience. Below, you will find the most recent “Spotlights”.

2017

Yunsoo Park, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                         National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice

Jenessa Malin, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                    Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Angelique Day, Ph.D., M.S.W                                                                                                                        Office of Congressman Danny Davis

Emily Douglas, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                    Office of Senator Ron Wyden

Elizabeth Wehrspann, Ph.D.                                                                                                                             Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Jameela Conway-Turner, Ph.D.                                                                                                                      National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice

Marina Mendoza, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                     National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice

Elizabeth Shuey, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                    Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

2016

Congratulations 2015-2016 Fellows

Amy Leffler, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                          National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice

Tracy Clopêt, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                          Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families

Marina Mendoza, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                    National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice

Elizabeth Shuey, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                      Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families  

Kirby Chow, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

2015

Lynlee Tanner Stapleton, Ph.D.  
U.S. Agency for International Development

Cristina Novoa, Ph.D., M.P.P
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirby Chow, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Amy Griffin, Ph.D. 
Office of Senator Al Franken

Sangeeta Parikshak, Ph.D.
Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families 

Beth Meloy, Ph.D.
Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families 

Michelle Boyd, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Nina Philipsen Hetzner, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

2014

Julie Leis, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Lynlee Tanner Stapleton, Ph.D. 
U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development

Kathleen McCoy, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Julie Leis, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Christine Fortunato, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Sangeeta Parikshak, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
 
Nina Philipsen Hetzner, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families
 
Beth Meloy, Ph.D.
Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families 

 

2013

Amanda Clincy, Ph.D
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Kathleen McCoy, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Michelle J. Boyd, Ph.D.
House Ways and Means Committee

Lindsey Hutchison, Ph.D. 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Beth Meloy, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Al Franken

Christine Fortunato, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Amanda Clincy, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Akilah Swinton, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Kelly R. Fisher, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

2012

Charlayne Hayling-Williams, Ph.D.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Akilah Swinton, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Pamala Trivedi, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Rebecca Taylor, Ph.D.
Office of Representative Betty McCollum

Kelly Fisher, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Tisha Wiley, Ph.D.
Office of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

2011

Joseph L. Mahoney, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman

Elizabeth O’Hare, Ph.D.
Office of Representative Rush Holt

Charlayne Hayling, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman

Michelle Sternthal, Ph.D.
Office of Policy, Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tisha Wiley, Ph.D.
Office of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Melinda Leidy, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Sarah Oberlander, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Sarah D. Lynne-Landsman, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

2010

Melinda Leidy, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Christopher Dodd

Binta Beard, Ph.D.
Office of Representative Edward Markey

Elisa Klein, Ph.D.
Office of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Molly Irwin, Ph.D., M.P.H
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Sarah Oberlander, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Sacha Klein, M.S.W, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) and the Children’s Bureau’s Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, Administration for Children and Families

Nancy Geyelin Margie, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Ann Rivera, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

2009

Diana Tyson, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Ann Rivera, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Nancy Geyelin Margie, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Samantha Harvell, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman

Taryn Morrissey, Ph.D.
Office of Senator M. Kennedy

Glenetta Hudson Harris, Ph.D.
Office of Head Start and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Diana Tyson, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Jennifer Brown Urban, Ph.D.
Office of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Layla Esposito, Ph.D.
Eunice Kenney Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

2008

Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Sara Vecchiotti, Ph.D.
Perspective from a former Fellow with a placement in Congress

Ann Marie White, Ed.D.
Perspective from a former Fellow with placements in Congress and in the Executive Branch

Glenetta Hudson Harris, Ph.D.
Office of Head Start and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Layla Esposito, Ph.D.
Eunice Kenney Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Michelle Mazzocco, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman

Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Glenetta Hudson Harris, Ph.D.
Office of Head Start and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

2007

Dara Blachman, Ph.D.
Office of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Nicole Gardner Neblett, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Behnosh Najafi, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Jill Antonishak, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Tom Harkin

Taniesha A. Woods, Ph.D.
Office of Senator Christopher Dodd

Nicole Gardner Neblett, Ph.D.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services

Dara Blachman, Ph.D.
Office of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Carmela Lomonaco, Ph.D.
Eunice Kenney Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health

Erika Feinauer, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Development and Learning Sciences, National Science Foundation

Lauren R. Baskir, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Behnosh Najafi, Ph.D.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families