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Cheri Hoffman

Children & Youth Policy Division Director

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services


Cheri Hoffman is the Director of the Children and Youth Policy (CYP) Division in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The CYP Division develops and reviews policy initiatives focused on the well-being of children and youth, including those in early childhood learning settings, the child welfare system, and youth programs across federal agencies. Cheri serves as the Chair for the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, established by a President G.W. Bush Executive Order in 2008 to coordinate and collaborate across federal programs to improve outcomes for youth. Cheri was a 2010 Congressional Fellow of the American Psychological Association and spent five years on Capitol Hill working on health, mental health, and child welfare issues. She has also led evaluations of SAMHSA systems of care for children’s mental health and campus suicide prevention grants, was a data analyst for the Nashville Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative for youth transitioning out of foster care, and has direct service experience working with youth in residential and community-based settings. Cheri earned a Ph.D. in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a BS in Child Development from Syracuse University. She completed a NIMH pre-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent mental health services research, and her dissertation focused on the characteristics, experiences, and strengths of homeless youth in Nashville, Tennessee.

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