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Anika Schenck-Fontaine
Research Assistant, Ph D Student



Dissertation/Policy Interests: Financial stress, poverty, parenting behavior

Curriculum Vitae 

Areas of Interest:

Parenting behavior
Family violence
Income poverty, material hardship, and financial stress
Community-level economic conditions
Social safety net policy
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Anika Schenck-Fontaine is a doctoral student at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University concentrating in Developmental Psychology. Drawing on theories of developmental psychology, sociology, and economics, her research explores the influence of job loss, material hardship, subjective financial stress, and income inequality on parenting behavior and children's development. Prior to coming to Duke University, Anika worked at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. Anika received her M.A. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.

Anika is a Doris Duke Foundation Graduate Fellow for the Promotion of Child Wellbeing. She was also a 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar at INED - Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (Paris, France).