Sandra L. Hofferth
Dr. Hofferth is Professor, Department of Family Science, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Hofferth received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in 1976. From 1983 to 1988 Hofferth served as Health Scientist Administrator in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. From 1977 to 1983 and from 1988 to 1994 she was Research Associate and then Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she directed the National Child Care Survey 1990 and collaborated on A Profile of Child Care Settings. From 1994 to 2001 she was Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research of the University of Michigan where she co-directed the Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics and directed its Child Development Supplement. Hofferth has researched family issues in the context of public policy for more than 35 years. In 2012 she was awarded the Distinguished Career Award, sponsored by the American Sociological Association Family Section, for outstanding contributions to the Sociology of Family. She has served on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, as Vice President of the Population Association of America, and as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Children Section. She has published 3 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. She is currently Principal Investigator on a project funded by NICHD to provide web-based access to data from the American Time Use Survey and international time use studies. She is principal investigator on an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network to explore the establishment of Social Observatories in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976
2013-present, Director, Maternal and Child Health Program, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
2013-2014, ADVANCE Professor, School of Public Health
2008-2012, Director, Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2001- present, Professor, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, the University of Maryland, College Park, MD
1994-2001, Co-Director, Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the University of Michigan; Research Associate, Population Studies Center; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, the University of Michigan.
1994-2001, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research; Research
1992-1994, Senior Research Associate, Population Studies Center, The Urban Institute.
1988-1992, Senior Research Associate, Human Resources Policy Center, The Urban Institute.
1987-1988, Health Scientist Administrator, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Center for Population Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
1983-1987, Expert, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Center for Population Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
1981-1983, Senior Research Associate, Program for Policy Research on Women and Families, The Urban Institute.
1977-1981,, Research Associate I, Program for Policy Research on Women and Families, The Urban Institute.
• Author/editor of 5 books, including Handbook of Measurement Issues in Family Research, Children at the millennium: Where have we come from, where are we going? (2001), Caring for children in low-income families (1993), The National Child Care Survey, 1990 (1991), and Risking the future: Adolescent sexuality, pregnancy and childrearing (1987).
• Author of more than 100 articles and book chapters, with publications in such journals as Journal of Marriage and the Family, Population Research and Policy Review, Child Development, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Journal of Family Issues, Demography, Social Science Quarterly, Pediatrics, Work and Occupations, and Young Children.
• Author of grants and contracts totaling over $7 million, including research on child care and welfare reform.
• Recipient of College (HLHP) Research and Development Award, 2005.
• Testified three times on Capitol Hill during the Congressional debates on child care legislation and welfare reform.
• Former Co-Director of the Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics and founding Director of its Child Development Supplement, 1994-2001.
• Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC (1977-1983, 1988-1994), directing the National Child Care Survey (1990), and collaborating on A Profile of Child Care Settings.
• Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1983-1988.
• Recipient of the Jensen Lectureship (1991-92), jointly sponsored by the American Sociological Association and Duke University, for research contributing to the goal of providing social action with a more rational grounding in tested knowledge.
• Past Vice President of the Population Association of America, and past Chair of the Sociology of Children Section of the American Sociological Association.
• Director, Maryland Population Research Center.
Hofferth, Sandra & Goldscheider, Frances. Family Heterogeneity over the Life Course. Handbook of Life Course Sociology, Volume II. Michael Shanahan, Jeylan Mortimer, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson (Eds.). Springer Press, 2015, forthcoming
Lee, Y., Hofferth, S., Flood, S., Fisher, K. Reliability, validity, and variability of the subjective well-being questions in the 2010 well-being module of the American Time Use Survey. Social Indicators Research, forthcoming. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-0923-8.
Conley, D., Aber, L, Brady, H., Cutter, S., Eckel, C., Entwisle, B., Hamilton, D., Hofferth, S., Hubacek,K., Moran, E., & Scholz, J. Big data, big obstacles. The Chronicle of Higher Education. February 5, 2015. http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Data-Big-Obstacles/151421/?cid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en.
Moran, E., Hofferth, S., Eckel, C., Hamilton, D., Entwisle, B. ,Aber, J. L., Brady, H.E., Conley, D., Cutter, S., Hubacek, K. & Scholz, J. Opinion: Building a 21st-century infrastructure for the social sciences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(45):15855-15856, November 11, 2014. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1416561111.
Goldscheider, F., Hofferth, S., and Curtin, S. Parenthood and leaving home in young adulthood. Population Research and Policy Review 2014. DOI 10.1007/s11113-014-9334-9
Dagher, R., Hofferth, S., Lee, Y. Maternal depression, pregnancy intention, and return to paid work after childbirth. Women's Health Issues, 24(3), e297-e303, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.03.002
Cabrera, N. J, Hofferth, S. L., Hancock, G. Family structure, maternal employment and change in children's externalizing behavior: Differences by age and self-regulation. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 11, 136-158, 2014.
Davis, R., Hofferth, S., and Shenassa, E. Gestational weight gain and risk of infant death in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, December 9, 2013: e1-e6, 2013. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301425.
Hofferth, S., Pleck, J. H., and Vesely, C. The Transmission of Parenting from Fathers to Sons. Parenting: Science and Practice 12 (4), 282-305, 2012. DOI: 10.1080/15295192.2012.709153
Hofferth, S. and Moon, U.J. Cell phone use and child and adolescent reading proficiency. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 1(2), 108-122, 2012. DOI: 10.1037/a0027880.
Davis, R. R. and S.L. Hofferth. The Association between Inadequate Gestational Weight Gain and Infant Mortality among U.S. Infants Born in 2002. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16, 119-124, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10995-010-0713-5.
Hofferth, S. and Moon, U.J. Electronic Play, Study, Communication, and Adolescent Achievement, 2003-2008. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22 (2), 215-224, 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2011.00770.x.