Linda Newton-Curtis

Linda Newton-Curtis

Co-Director - Child, Youth, and Family


Linda is a senior policy associate and the co-director of HSRI's Child, Youth, and Family team. As a lifespan developmentalist, Linda’s work is driven by her passion for the physical, social, and emotional well-being of vulnerable children and families. She is highly skilled in the development and execution of mixed methods research designs, the design of electronic data collection systems, survey development, and conducting interviews and focus groups with community partners and intervention participants from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. She is particularly skilled at bringing together information from interconnected components of complex evaluations to support practitioners in their goal of providing best practice in human services, and is particularly cognizant that this is best achieved through open, strong, and collaborative partnerships with clients. In addition, Linda has deep experience working with large scale administrative datasets, assuring data quality, and applying modern statistical methodology to fully understand program impact.

Prior to her current work, Linda was trained as a physical education teacher and taught PE in London and at a multinational/multicultural school in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

When not at work, Linda enjoys spending time relaxing with family and taking long walks through Oregon’s parks and forests with her two dogs.


  • Doctorate in systems science/psychology from Portland State University

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