Audrey Smolkin oversees the management of the Center on Child Wellbeing & Trauma, a partnership between Commonwealth Medicine and the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate, and identifies and develops new resources and tools to support child wellbeing. The Center launched in 2021 and serves as a hub of information, trainings, and support toward building a more trauma-informed and responsive Massachusetts. Smolkin also develops new programs, research, and evidence-based policy initiatives related to children and families. This work includes partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families on medical care for children in the care of the department as well as management related to a statewide network of Family Resource Centers.
Before her current role, Smolkin was the director of strategic planning in our health policy and research practice, where she analyzed policy on a wide variety of health topics and tracks relevant to state health policy issues and developed, implemented, and evaluated policy programs. Previously, she was the director of research and policy analysis at the former Center for Adoption Research at UMass Chan Medical School. She was the lead evaluator of a major grant that the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded to the Center for Adoption, and she oversaw the statewide Adoption Attitudes Survey.
Before coming to UMass Chan Medical School, Smolkin served as a senior legislative analyst at the Administration for Children and Families. In that capacity, she worked on estimating the federal costs of various welfare and child welfare legislation. She also served as the lead budget and policy analyst on a major child care expansion that took place under the leadership of the Clinton Administration.
Smolkin received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an instructor with the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical School.