Paula Fomby

Associate Director, Training Director, PSC
Research Associate Professor, PSC
Research Associate Professor, SRC-PSID
Paula Fomby


Paula Fomby's research focuses on family structure change, family complexity and child well-being. Her perspective considers families as embedded in broader social contexts and considers how extended kin relationships, neighborhood and community cohesion, and school quality condition the ways children experience family change. Broadly, her work emphasizes the causes and consequences of residing in specific family arrangements in the context of high economic inequality, with particular attention to how prior socioeconomic disadvantage constrains family formation and family process.