Clinton Boyd, Jr., MA, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. He is currently a Doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University.
Mr. Boyd’s dissertation, “The Missing Link: Neighborhood Environments, African American Fatherhood, Child Well-Being and the Call for Strategic Policy Reform,” explores how the positive parenting practices of African-American fathers can promote child and community welfare in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Prior to starting his doctoral program, Mr. Boyd worked as a parent support advocate for the Chicago-based early childhood nonprofit Family Focus. As a graduate student, he has worked as a research assistant on two federally-funded child maltreatment studies, and currently serves as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation-supported grant to examine the effects of community land trusts on low-income families. His research interests include child well-being, father involvement, neighborhood and spatial inequality, evidence-based practice research, criminal justice policy, and place-based social policy. In addition to his doctoral research, Mr. Boyd has practical experience working with high-risk, justice-involved youth and ex-offender fathers through the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Further, he co-facilitated a fatherhood engagement webinar co-hosted by Georgia’s Department of Family and Child Services, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, and the National SafeCare Training and Research Center. Mr. Boyd is also a 2016-2018 Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being awarded through Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. The Chicago native holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Concordia University Chicago, and an M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University.