Shadi Houshyar has joined Families USA, a leading health care consumer organization, as director of early childhood and child welfare initiatives. She had been at the Washington-based Center for the Study of Social Policy, where she led a project focused on preventing and mitigating the effects of toxic stress on young children and their families. She also has considerable policy expertise and interest in equity issues, particularly in relation to children. “I am thrilled to be joining Families USA’s team of nationally respected health policy experts and to work for an organization that has a deeply held social justice mission and a storied history of advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable among us,” she said. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kalamazoo College, she holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale University.