The MAST Center Team


Mindy Scott, Ph.D.,
is the MAST Center’s Principal Investigator and co-leads the Program Implementation and Evaluation research area. She is a sociologist and family demographer at Child Trends whose primary research interests relate to family formation, family strengthening, responsible fatherhood, and adolescent pregnancy prevention. Dr. Scott studies the design and implementation of both federally and non-federally funded healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs through several other OPRE-funded projects focused on youth, parents in complex families, and fathers.
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Elizabeth Wildsmith, Ph.D., is the MAST Center’s Project Manager and co-leads the Center’s capacity building activities. Dr. Wildsmith is a sociologist and family demographer at Child Trends whose research has examined reproductive health, family formation and childbearing, and racial and ethnic disparities in well-being. She is also the Deputy Director of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, co-leading its Fatherhood, Family Structure, and Family Dynamics research area.
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Susan L. Brown, Ph.D., co-leads the Relationship Patterns and Trends research area. Dr. Brown is Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of Sociology at Bowling Green State University, where she is also Co-Director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. Dr. Brown is a family demographer whose research addresses the implications of the rapid transformation of American family life, with a focus on union dynamics and their consequences for well-being at various stages of the life course.
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Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Ph.D., co-leads the Relationship Patterns and Trends research area. Dr. Guzzo is a sociologist and family demographer at Bowling Green State University whose research focuses on childbearing and reproductive behaviors, family formation and stability, and complex family structures. She is also Associate Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research.
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Wendy Manning, Ph.D., co-leads the Relationship Patterns and Trends research area. Dr. Manning is a sociologist and family demographer at Bowling Green State University whose research focuses on young adult relationships, including cohabitation and marriage among different-gender and same-gender couples. She is also the Co-Director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research, and the Dr. Howard E. and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professor of Sociology.
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Lauren Mattox co-leads capacity-building activities for the MAST Center. She has worked in the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood field for 13 years, developing and coordinating family-strengthening programs, providing customized training and technical assistance to federal grantees, state and federal organizations, and collaborating with research firms on large-scale evaluations. She is a project manager at Public Strategies and brings a practitioner perspective to the project, with expertise in development and implementation of outcome-oriented strategies for couples and individuals.
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April Wilson, Ph.D., co-leads the Program Implementation and Evaluation research area. Dr. Wilson is a senior research scientist and developmental researcher at Child Trends whose research focuses on identifying the precursors of stable and healthy family relationships. She serves as the principle investigator and task lead on a variety of projects related to healthy romantic, co-parenting, and parenting relationships, as well as projects designed to improve use of research and evaluation methods.
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Kendy Cox is an expert advisor to the Center, where she co-leads capacity-building activities. She has worked in the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood field for 20 years, developing and managing family-strengthening programs, providing customized training and technical assistance to federal grantees and state and federal organizations, leading research-to-practice activities, and collaborating with research firms on large-scale evaluations across a range of policy areas. She is a Vice President at Public Strategies, where she oversees the firm’s portfolio of human services consulting projects.
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Marta Alvira-Hammond, M.A., leads the Center’s strategic dissemination activities. She is a social demographer and research communications specialist at Child Trends whose work focuses on low-income families, immigrant families, self-sufficiency, and translating research for non-research audiences. She also co-leads strategic dissemination efforts for the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, and is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Bowling Green State University, specializing in demography.
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