Rosemary Avery
and Department Chair

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Current Activities

Current Research Activities
Dr. Avery's  work in family policy focuses on the New York State child welfare system, particularly the foster care experiences of children relinquished for adoption, state adoption recruitment efforts, and the  achievement of permanency for adolescents aging out of the foster care system. She is currently working on two collaborative projects focusing on the placement of youth from congregate care in New York City and Long Island, New York. Her work in the area of regulatory policy focuses on the impact of print advertising and prime-time television ads for pharmaceutical products on consumers' health-related behavior, particularly the impact of tobacco and nicotine replacement therapy product messages on smoking cessation behavior, the impact of antidepressant advertising on antidepressant product use, and the impact of weight loss product advertising on diet, exercise, and weight loss product use. 

Current Extension Activities
Dr. Avery currently serves as the external evaluator on two federally-funded Adoption Opportunities Grants, the Permanent Parents for Teens Project (New York City), and Opening Adoption's Doors to Teen Project (Long Island, NY). Both these projects involve translational research efforts with child welfare professionals in New York State. 


Biographical Statement
Dr. Avery received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1971, her Honors in Science degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1982, and her Masters of Science (1984) and Ph.D. degrees (1988) in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University. Dr. Avery joined the Cornell University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing in 1988. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to rank of Professor in 2000. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.

Her professional career has focused on child welfare policy as it relates to the impact of state policy on the experience of children in the foster care systems. Her most recent work focuses on teens in foster care and the consequences of aging out the forster care system.  She has been the evaluator on five federal grants to support her research in this area and is an active contributor to national special needs adoption initiatives. Another area of her research focuses on the regulation of pharmaceutical advertising and the impact of these commercial messages on the health-related behavior of individuals. She has been the co-recipient of two federal grants to support her research in this area. 

Dr. Avery has been the recipient of several awards for both her teaching and scholarship. She was awarded the prestigious Carpenter Award for Advising in 2007, a Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2001, she has received a Merrill Presidential Teacher Recognition Award six times (1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006), and was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. In 2000 Dr. Avery was recognized by a leading consumer policy association in the U.S. (the American Council on Consumer Interests) as the outstanding mid-career professional. She has served as a Board Member for three national policy associations, and  serves as a reviewer for several leading academic journals.

At the University level Dr. Avery currently serves on the Cornell University Board of Trustees as a Faculty Trustee and serves on several leading university committees. Furthermore, she serves the Cornell undergraduate community as a Dining Discussion Faculty Fellow, as Faculty Advisor to Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, and as Faculty Academic Advisor to the Cornell Varsity Men’s Football and Men’s Lacrosse teams.

Bachelor of Science, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, 1971
Honors in Science, University of Pretoria in South Africa, 1982
M.S. in Family Resources Management, The Ohio State UNiversity, 1984 Family Resource Management, The Ohios State University, 1988

Administrative Responsibilities
Professor Avery currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management in the College of Human Ecology.

At-Risk Chilren or Youth
Foster Care
Child Welfare
Consumer behavior
Pharmaceutical Advertising

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
PAM 2300 An Introduction to Policy Analysis

Related Websites
Course websites:
An Introduction to Policy Analysis:

Selected Publications

Book Chapter
Avery, R. J. (2008). Federal Law and Child Welfare Reform: The Research-Policy Interface in Promoting Permanence for Older Children and Youth. In  Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care.  Kerman, B., Maluccio, A.N. & Freundlich, M. (Eds.) New York: Columbia University Press. [book]

Journal Articles
Avery, R. J. (2010). An Examination of Theory and Promising Practice for Achieving Permanency for Teens Before They Age Out of Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(3), 399-408.

Avery, R. J., Butler, J. S., Schmidt, E., & Holtan, B. (2009). AdoptUsKids National Photolisting Service: Characteristics of Listed Children and Length of Time to Placement. Children and Youth Services Review , 31(1), 140-154.

Avery, R. J., & Freundlich, M. (2009). You’re all grown up now: Termination of foster care support at age 18. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 247-257.

Avery, Rosemary J., Donald Kenkel, Dean R. Lillard, Alan Mathios and Hua Wang (2008). Health disparities and direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceutical products. Beyond Health Insurance: Public Policy to Improve Health. Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, 19, 71-94.

Avery, R, Kenkel, D., Lillard D. and Mathios A. (2007). Regulating Advertisements: The Case of Smoking Cessation Products. Journal of Regulatory Economics, 31(2), 185-208.

Avery, R., Kenkel, D., Lillard, D., and Mathios, A. (2007). Public Profits and Public Health: Does Advertising Smoking Cessation Products Encourage Smokers to Quit? Journal of Political Economy, 115, 447-481.

Freundlich, M., Avery, R. J., (2007). Care or Scare: Safety and Protection of Youth in Congregate Care. Child Abuse and Neglect, 31(2), 173-186.

Avery, R. J., and Freundlich, M. (2007). Planning and achieving permanency for children in foster care: Facilitators and Constraints. Adoption Quarterly, 10(2).

Freundlich, M., Avery, R. J., and Padgett, D. (2007). Preparation of youth in congregate care for independent living. Child and Family Social Work, 12, 64-72.

Freundlich, M., Avery, R. J., Munson, S., & Gertenzang, S. (2007). Post-permanency: An assessment of families’ needs for services and support. Family Preservation Journal, 9, 39-55.

Other Publication
Avery, R. J.  Final Evaluation Report (2009). Permanent Parents for Teens  Project. Federally funded project through You Gotta Believe Adoption Agency, New York.