Audrey Smolkin is responsible for identifying, developing, and overseeing management of 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 care of the department as well as management related to a statewide network of Family Resource Centers.
Prior to 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 also developed, implemented, and evaluated policy programs. Previously, she was the Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the Center for Adoption Research at the 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, and she oversaw the statewide Adoption Attitudes Survey.
Before coming to UMass Medical School, Smolkin served as a senior legislative analyst at the Administration for Children and Families. In that capacity, she worked to estimate 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.