Welcome new CYF director

Lauren Fasig, PhD, JD, brings extensive knowledge of behavioral research addressing children, youth and family issues, and expertise in advocacy for these groups

Lauren Fasig, PhD, JDThe Children, Youth and Families office is extremely pleased to welcome Lauren Fasig, PhD, JD, as the new director. She is quite familiar with APA headquarters operations, as she served earlier as the James Marshall Public Policy Scholar, awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and APA. 

She brings extensive knowledge of behavioral research addressing children, youth and family issues, as well as experience and expertise in advocacy addressing issues related to children, youth and families. 

She comes to APA from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Center on Children and Families, where she served as director of research. As director, she developed and implemented multidisciplinary research, dissemination and outreach initiatives aimed at improving the laws and policies that affect children, youth and families. She also held and managed a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to create the first ever community based, wrap-around services clinic for survivors of domestic violence, and she has overseen the annual Juvenile Justice Youth Summit, a county-wide program providing education and outreach to ninth grade students in the Gainesville, Fla., area. She also served as the liaison to the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida, serving as the chair of the Inaugural Statewide Collaborative Law Conference Planning Committee, and has taught family law and psychology courses at the University of Florida. Dr. Fasig was also co-founder and senior partner of Behavioral Science Resource, where she specialized in strategic planning, research synthesis and the development of collaborative networks, dissemination mechanisms and products, and outreach capacity.

She previously served as the founding director of policy and communications at the Society for Research in Child Development, where she conducted the communications and dissemination activities of the Society, administered the SRCD Congressional and Executive Branch Fellowships, worked with numerous scientific communities to garner their participation in policy development and mass media communications, and worked with Congress and White House Administrations to encourage the use of behavioral science in federal policy related to child care and early education, child welfare, children’s mental health, elementary and secondary education, family assistance programs, juvenile justice and the protection of human participants in research. She was co-chair of the Friends of the National Institute of Health and Human Development Coalition, and a member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Science Research.

She has served as editor of the SRCD online newsletter, Washington Update, and as consulting editor to Social Policy Reports and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. As a member of the D.C. Bar, she participated in the pro bono family law and Guardian ad Litem programs. She’s been program manager and consultant for the Dependency Mediation Program in the Eighth Judicial Circuit, Fla., where she developed its mediation program, approaches to program measurement, and professional training seminars. She recently served on the Florida Supreme Court’s Mental Health Subcommittee on Families and Children in the Court. Fasig is co-editor of the "Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science."

We are delighted Fasig is joining the Public Interest Directorate at APA, and we greatly look forward to working with her in her new role as director of the Children, Youth and Families Office.