Cass Dorius

Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
Cass Dorius


Dr. Cass Dorius is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the Pennsylvania State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.  Her research on vulnerable families investigates how relationships and childbearing experiences shape the unequal distribution of social and economic resources within and between generations. She translates her scholarship into practice through a broad range of state and national collaborations centered on Evidence-Based Policy Making. In coordination with Early Childhood Iowa stakeholders from Iowa’s Departments of Education, Health, Human Services, Management, Workforce Development, and Human Rights, she helped develop an integrated administrative data system for the state of Iowa designed to advance policies that improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families. In partnership with the Department of Public Health, she has worked to advance substance use recovery resources in the state.  She directs the Data Science for the Public Good program dedicated to improving Iowa State faculty’s ability to work with local communities to solve pressing problems with data. Dr. Dorius serves on numerous state and university boards focused on data quality, community outreach, and evidence-based policy-making.

Area of Expertise: 
Evidence Based Policy
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