Frances Deviney

/Frances Deviney, Ph.D.

About Frances Deviney, Ph.D.

Dr. Frances Deviney joined the Center in 2005 as the Director of the Texas KIDS COUNT Project. As she developed both her research and organizational leadership skills, her roles evolved to Program Director for the Research and Planning Team, Associate Director, and now Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she oversees the Research, Planning and Development Team and leads the Center’s internal work to set biennial work plans, define and track organizational outcome metrics, and implement the 2018-2021 strategic plan. Deviney is a graduate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Leadership Institute for State-based Advocates. She is a skilled, impassioned presenter with approximately 200 speaking engagements under her belt, including dozens of keynotes. Prior to the Center, she conducted education research at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, was Legislative Director for a Texas State Representative from the Rio Grande Valley, and conducted primary prevention research with elementary school kids for the Families and Schools Together (FAST Track) Project at Vanderbilt University. She earned her BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt and Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from The University of Utah.