Center for Families Staff


Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Director

Shelley MacDermid WadsworthA member of the Purdue University faculty since 1989, MacDermid Wadsworth holds an MBA and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. She has strong interests in the links between work conditions and family life, and in the evaluation of community needs and program outcomes. MacDermid Wadsworth became director of the Center for Families in 1996. In this role, she oversees all of the center’s work and takes a leadership role in activities.

Melissa Franks, Associate Director for Research and Partnerships


Rob Duncan, Associate Director for Policy

Lara Balian, Sr. Communications Specialist