Aletha C. Huston


Professor Emeritus - Pricilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor Emerita of Child Development

HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.444


Office: 512-471-0753
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PhD, University of Minnesota

Aletha C. Huston is the Pricilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Child Development at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in understanding the effects of poverty on children and the impact of child care and income support policies on children’s development. Principal Investigator in the New Hope Project, Huston examined of the effects on children and families of parents’ participation in a work-based program to reduce poverty. She collaborated in the Next Generation Project, a cross-study investigation of child care, income, employment effects of welfare and employment policies. She was also an investigator in the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, and conducted a program of research on television and children, co-directing the The Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children (CRITC). Her books include Children in Poverty: Child Development and Public Policy, Big World, Small Screen: The Role of Television in American Society, Developmental Contexts of Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood, and Higher Ground: New Hope for the Working Poor and their Children. She is Past President of the Society for Research in Child Development. She has won numerous research awards, including the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology, and the SRCD award for contributions to Child Development and Public Policy.

In 2013, Dr. Huston was recognized with a Rostow Award for Lifetime Achievement. Presented by The Austin Project, the Rostow Award recognized community leaders who have made a significant difference in the lives of children and families.