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Karen Bogenschneider

Rothermel-Bascom Professor Emerita of Human Ecology
Human Development and Family Studies Department
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

–Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel-Bascom Professor Emerita of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since its inception in 1992 through 2016, Dr. Bogenschneider served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars–a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions that communicate high-quality research to state policymakersFrom 1999-2014, she served as Executive Director of the Family Impact Institute that provides training and technical assistance to about two dozen states that have conducted over 225 Family Impact Seminars. The second edition of Bogenschneider’s book with Thomas Corbett, Evidence-Based Policymaking: Envisioning a New Era of Research, Policy and Practice is forthcoming. Her book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do, is in its third edition. In 2014, she gave invited addresses at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. She also has conducted five national trainings for researchers interested in working with policymakers at meetings of the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research on Child Development, the National Council on Family Relations, and the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. She received a named professorship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was honored by the Wisconsin State Legislature for her leadership of the Family Impact Seminars and her service to the state. She was named a Fellow and received the President’s Award from the National Council on Family Relations. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Extension Family Life Specialists, and the Engagement Award from the Board of Human Sciences of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. She currently serves on a National Academy of Science Round Table on the communication and application of social and behavioral science research. 

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Effective Family-Focused Policy Around the Globe

Policymakers could make more efficient and effective decisions if they used on information that was family-focused and research-based.

Bogenschneider, K. (2020a). Positioning universities as honest knowledge brokers: Best practices for communicating research to policymakers. Family Relations, 67(3), 628-643.

Bogenschneider, K., & Bogenschneider, B. N. (2020). Empirical evidence from state legislators: How, when, and who uses research. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Advance online publication.

Bogenschneider, K., Day, E., Bogenschneider, B. N. (2020). A window into youth and family policy: State policymaker views on polarization and research utilization. American Psychologist.

Bogenschneider, K., Corbett, T. J., & Parrott, E. (2019). Realizing the promise of research in policymaking: Theoretical guidance grounded in policymaker perspectives. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 11(1), 127-147.

Bogenschneider, K., Day, E., & Parrott, E. (2019). Revisiting theory on research use: Turning to policymakers for fresh insights. American Psychologist, 74 (7), 778-793. Day, E., MacDermid Wadsworth, S., Bogenschneider, K., & Thomas-Miller, J. (2019). When university researchers connect with policy: A framework for whether, when, and how to engage. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 11(1), 165-180.

Bogenschneider, K., Little, O., Ooms, T., Benning, S., Cadigan, K., & Corbett, T. (in press). The family impact lens: A family-focused, evidence-informed approach to policy and practice. Family Relations.

Bogenschneider, K. (in press). Making a global case for family policy: How families support society and how policies support families. In A. Abela & J. Walker (Eds.), Contemporary issues in family studies: Global perspectives on partnerships, parenting and support in a changing world. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bogenschneider, K., (2011, June). Family policy: Why we need it and how to communicate its value. Paper prepared for the United Nations Expert Group Meeting, “Assessing Family Policies: Confronting Family Poverty and Social Exclusion & Ensuring Work Family Balance,” New York, NY. Available at

Bogenschneider, K., & Corbett, T. (2010). Evidence-based policymaking: Insights from policy-minded researchers and research-minded policymakers. New York: Taylor & Francis Group.

Bogenschneider, K., & Corbett, T. (2010). Family policy: Becoming a field of inquiry and subfield of social policy. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 783-803.

Friese, B., & Bogenschneider, K. (2009). The voice of experience: How social scientists bring research to bear on family policymaking. Family Relations, 58, 229-243.

Bogenschneider, K., & Pallock, L. (2008). Responsiveness in parent/adolescent relationships: Are influences conditional? Does the reporter matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1015-1029.

Bogenschneider, K. (2006). Teaching family policy in undergraduate and graduate classrooms: Why it’s important and how to do it better. Family Relations, 55(1), 16-28.

Bogenschneider, K. (2000). Has family policy come of age? A decade review of the state of U.S. family policy in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1136-1159.

Bogenschneider, K., Wu, M.-y., Raffaelli, M. R., & Tsay, J. C. (1998). Parental influences on adolescent peer orientation and substance use: The interface of parenting practices and values. Child Development, 69(6), 1672-1688.

Since its inception in 1993, Professor Bogenschneider has served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars-a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions for state policymakers. To date, 30 Seminars have provided Wisconsin policymakers with high-quality, objective research and a family impact perspective on timely issues such as corrections, evidence-based budgeting, health care, jobs, long-term care, prisoner reentry, welfare reform, and workforce development. Since 1999, Professor Bogenschneider has served as Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars