David Ansong is an associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work and a Wallace Kuralt Early Career Distinguished Scholar. He is a faculty fellow of the Global Social Development Innovations and serves as a faculty director with the Global Asset Building program at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.
His research focuses on factors that promote economic security and the well-being of children and youth. He is involved in international research on the impacts of economic security interventions on child and youth development. His domestic research focuses on testing innovative interventions to bolster the financial capability of relatives who provide permanent care for children in foster care to: 1) improve relative caregivers’ financial security; 2) decrease the number of children languishing in foster care, and 3) improve child safety and well-being.