Center for Families Staff

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Director

Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth Headshot A 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

Kate Kester

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