LPIC Staff

Libbie Sonnier-Netto, Ph.D.

Executive Director

New Orleans, LA

Libbie Sonnier-Netto, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children where she leverages her nearly 20-year career supporting young children and their families. Recognized for her tenacity and deep commitment to children, Libbie has led teams of individuals in system-wide initiatives for the betterment of children, families, caregivers, and practitioners. She has served as a state director of two federal programs managing multi-million-dollar budgets as well as developing and implementing pilot programs for children birth to age five in four states across multiple agencies and community partners to improve the efficiency and efficacy of direct services for children and their families. Libbie’s experiences conducting longitudinal and experimental research allow her to translate scientific findings into meaningful and practical policy implications that support better life outcomes for children. She is coauthor of multiple publications and technical reports, training curricula, and, with Drs. Sharon and Craig Ramey, The Four Diamonds Checklist and The Quality System to Achieve Results for Young Children in all Settings (Q-STAR).


Libbie is the recipient of the Hulick Serving Spirit Fellowship Award for her commitment to individuals with disabilities across the life course and the Rotary Club’s Extraordinary Woman “Rising Star” Award. Libbie received a Doctor of Philosophy in human development from Virginia Tech, a Master of Education in early childhood intervention and family support services from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in special education with an emphasis in early childhood intervention from the University of Southern Mississippi.



Shivers, C.M., Sonnier-Netto, L., & Lee, G. (2018). Family caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder: Service needs and access across the life course. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. 15, doi:10.1111/jppi.12272.


Luo, Y., Hetu, S., Lohrenz, T., Hula, A., Dayan, P., Ramey, S.L., Sonnier-Netto, L., Lisinski, J., LaConte, S., Nolte, T., Fonagy, P., Rahmani, E., Montague, P.R., & Ramey, C.T. (2018). The early childhood investment and its impact on social exchange four decades later. Nature Communications. 9, 4705. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07138-5.


Sonnier-Netto, L. & Zvonkovic, A. (2017). Children of the great recession. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 9, 589–592. doi:10.1111/jftr.12221.


Allen, K.R., Molloy, S., Sonnier-Netto, L., Naar, J., & Nelson, L. (2017). Family Ideologies and realities: Still challenging the status quo. Journal of Family Theory & Review. 9, 403-407. doi:10.1111/jtfr.12207.

Ramey, S.L., Ramey, C.T., & Sonnier-Netto, L. (2012). Four diamonds checklist. In C.T. Ramey, J. Sparling, & S. Landesman Ramey, Abecedarian: The ideas, the approach, and the findings (pp. 174 – 175). Los Altos, CA: Sociometrics Corporation.