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Policy Engagement Guest Lecture: Barbara Devaney

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:30pm
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The School of Public Policy (with co-sponsorship from the Policy School Government Association and Graduate Women in Public Policy) will be holding an event with Barbara Devaney, formerly of Mathematica Policy Research. Until her retirement earlier this month, Devaney was Mathematica’s chief operating office and executive vice president and had worked at Mathematica for 40 years. Devaney will be speaking on her experiences working at a research firm and the career paths at firms like Mathematica (and will touch on issues of work/life balance at these kind of firms). After Devaney’s presentation, there will be a Q&A session.
The will be held in conjunction with three sections of the Policy Engagement Project course. There are a limited number of seats in 1203, so if you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Doug Call at dcall1@umd.edu.
Barbara Devaney retired in February as Mathematica Policy Research’s chief operating officer and executive vice president. In that role, she was the second most senior member of the firm’s management.
She is a nationally recognized expert in maternal and child health, nutrition and risk-reduction programs for youth. In her 40 years at Mathematica, she played a leading role in many of Mathematica’s studies of family formation, children’s nutrition and public health programs. She co-directed Mathematica’s Building Strong Families study and served as principal investigator for its evaluation of abstinence education programs. She also oversaw Mathematica’s 2002 Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study. Other evaluations in which she has played a key role have focused on the school lunch and breakfast programs; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); and the Food Stamp Program.
Devaney has served on scientific committees convened by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to study nutrition issues. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the American Journal of Public Health.


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