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Ann T. Skinner

Research Project Manager, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Bio:

Ann Skinner, who has been employed at the Center for Child and Family Policy since 2001, is the research project manager for Parenting Across Cultures (PAC). Skinner also works as the liaison between researchers and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience (C-StARR) project (formerly the Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center).

Skinner’s specific research interests include the effects of exposure to violence on children’s development and the role that acculturation plays in parenting practices and child behavior.

Prior to her work with Parenting Across Cultures, Skinner was a senior school specialist and research analyst on the GREAT Schools and Families middle school violence prevention project at the Center, and Project CLASS, an intervention designed to test two programs aimed at improving academic skills for elementary students with attention problems.

Skinner has a master's degree in education from the College of William and Mary with a focus on teaching students with emotional and learning disabilities. Before joining the Center, she worked as a special education teacher, trainer and supervisor in the North Carolina public schools and at residential facilities for at-risk youth in Rhode Island and North Carolina.