Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D.
Sr. Director of Research
Dr. Dionne Dobbins is the Sr. Director of Research at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). She leads a team of researchers who work closely with the policy staff to align research reports with these strategic goals, including our well known reports on the cost of child care and licensing. In addition, her team supports research and evaluation needs across the organization and works closely with external evaluation partners involved in child care research.
Dr. Dobbins has over 15 years of research, evaluation, and technical assistance experience related to the well-being and stability of children and families placed at risk. She has broad experience in the areas of early childhood education, mental health of young children, child care, military families and vulnerable children and families.
Current areas of focus include, child care costs, child care supply and demand, barriers to accessing quality child care and parental experiences accessing quality care, and equity in accessing quality child care.
Dr. Dobbins holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in applied developmental psychology from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr. Dobbins joined Child Care Aware® of America in 2014