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Sarah Oberlander

Job Titles
Acting Director

Sarah Oberlander is the Acting Division Director of the Children and Youth Policy (CYP) Division. The CYP Division develops and reviews policy initiatives focused on the well-being of children and youth, including those in early childhood settings, the child welfare system, and youth programs. Sarah serves as the Chair for the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of more than 20 federal departments and agencies working together to improve youth outcomes, which operates as a cross-cutting website for information about young people ages 10-24. Recent examples of CYP research projects supporting policy development include exploring a core components approach to understanding what works in youth programs, understanding the costs of child care, supporting systems-level trauma-informed initiatives, and examining the relationship between substance use, the opioid crisis, and child welfare. Sarah joined ASPE in 2009 as a fellow of the Society for Research in Child Development. She earned a PhD in Human Services Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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