About Us

The Family Data Center is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff who engage in risk assessment, outcomes research, program evaluation, fiscal impact studies, cost-benefit analysis, and information management at the national and state level. Staff work collaboratively on projects with Florida’s Departments of Health, Education, Children and Families, and the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The Center’s activities involve creating and analyzing comprehensive, population-based, longitudinal data sets and communicating findings and recommendations to policy makers at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration.

Our faculty’s research publications include articles on risk factors associated with teenage pregnancy, low birth weight, birth defects, infant survival, developmental delay and disability, infant maltreatment, preschool special education, and excess kindergarten costs. Center-affiliated faculty have also contributed to the methodology of longitudinal research with papers on standardized risk and value-added assessment models.

Family Data Center consists of researchers from a variety of disciplines, including statistics, computer science, social and behavioral sciences, developmental psychology, economics, education epidemiology, neonatology, obstetrics, and pediatrics.

Through funded grants and contracts, Center faculty have published research in the following areas:

  • Relationship of medical conditions and sociodemographic risk factors to infant mortality, low birth weight, and educational outcome
  • Effect of early intervention programs on children’s developmental and educational outcomes
  • Readiness to start school indicators
  • Kindergarten performance of children of adolescent mothers
  • Effect of high school course taking on college placement
  • Database merging strategies
  • Information management systems
  • Statistical methodology, including methods for longitudinal data analysis
  • Biostatistical applications
  • Prospective pricing methodologies

Center faculty also provide multidisciplinary training, centered on perinatal epidemiology and program evaluation research projects, to Ph.D. and masters students, post-doctoral fellows, medical students and fellows, and visiting faculty.