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Meet our Affiliated Researchers.


We know that in order to do the kind of work we do, we need a team who brings a diverse set of lived experiences, knowledge, skills, and passion to work alongside you. Meet our Affiliated Research team:


Angela Fertig, PhD
Social Policy Research Scientist

Angie Fertig is an economist and faculty member in the social policy area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on the health of vulnerable populations (e.g., mothers and children, the homeless, the food insecure, and Medicaid enrollees) across the lifespan. Her research largely involves longitudinal data and econometric techniques in order to provide persuasive evidence about causal mechanisms.  Her methodological expertise includes applied econometrics, longitudinal data analysis, time use data analysis, health care claims data analysis, survey research, survey validation methodology, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) data analysis, and economic evaluation/cost analysis.

Fertig received her PhD in Economics from Brown University and her BA in International Relations from Stanford University. She conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University and has previously held faculty positions at the University of Georgia (in the Schools of Public Affairs and Public Health) and Indiana University (in the economics department).  


Stephanie Moulton
Associate Professor

Stephanie Moulton is an associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, and a visiting scholar at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of housing and consumer finance policies and programs, with an emphasis on vulnerable population. She is the principal investigator on a multi-year analysis of reverse mortgage borrowers, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the Social Security Administration. She also conducts research on state housing finance agencies (HFAs), including homeownership programs and state administered foreclosure interventions. She has served as principal investigator for numerous research studies estimating the impact of financial interventions on household outcomes, including evaluations with the National League of Cities, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Moulton was a 2014 postdoctoral honoree with the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. Moulton received her PhD from Indiana University.


Robin Phinney, PhD
President, Rise Research

Robin Phinney is the President of Rise Research, a research and evaluation firm. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching focus on American politics and social policy, with an emphasis on interest group advocacy, the policymaking process, and the well-being of low-income families. Robin brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her research, which has been published in leading journals of political science, public policy, and social work. Her book on collaborative lobbying and social policymaking is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Robin taught courses in American politics, public policy, and research methods at Brown University and the University of Minnesota.

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Chris Silvia
Associate Professor

Chris Silvia is an associate professor in the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses in quantitative decision analysis, public sector service design and delivery, and collaboration and intergovernmental relations. 

Dr. Silvia’s research examines the leadership behaviors exhibited by leaders in intersectoral networks. In addition to focusing on leadership, his broader research agenda includes work in the areas of collaboration and the application of Service Dominant Logic in the context of public and non-profit service delivery. He received a PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.He also received a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Utah.