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Exploring Careers in Child and Family Policy


Jenn Acosta, Arianna Fisher and Noah Triplett

Jenn Acosta is a survey analyst in the Children, Youth and Families division at Mathematica, a policy research organization in Washington, D.C. Jenn works on large-scale, nationally representative studies in early childhood and education for the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, including the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study (Baby FACES) and the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation - Long Term 2 (MIHOPE-LT2). She also works on the Longitudinal Study of the Harlem Children's Zone and on a project examining low-income families' access to early care and education for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jenn graduated with distinction, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa as a first-generation college student from Duke in 2017 with majors in psychology and global cultural studies and a Child Policy Research Certificate. Arianna Fischer is a senior research analyst at Sycamores, a mental health agency that provides mental health and social services to at-risk youth and families in Los Angeles County. Fischer monitors compliance and risk management to ensure that her agency is in compliance with state and local contracts. She also monitors outcome measures for her agency to track the progress of mental health services that have been implemented. Arianna earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University in 2021 and received a BS degree in social policy from Northwestern University in 2012. Noah Triplett is a doctoral student in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington. Noah's research interests include conducting interdisciplinary and community-based research to increase access to and quality of mental health care in domestic and international settings. He is particularly interested in investigating the role of policy and social factors on shaping access to care and investigating technology-based approaches to support mental health care delivery. Noah is a National Institute of Mental Health pre-doctoral fellow and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. He received his BA in psychology and global health from Duke University. Prior to coming to UW, Noah worked as a research analyst in the Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation program at RTI International. This speaker series is for Duke students who want to learn more about careers in child and family policy.