PhD, Family Studies and Human Development, The University of Arizona
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Ann Mastergeorge
Professor, Department of Family Studies and Human Development, Texas Tech University   

Policy Mentor
Naomi Karp
Director of Early Childhood Professional Development, The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Current Institutional Affiliation
Child Trends: Research Scientist

Areas of Expertise

Infants and Toddlers, Families and Family Systems, Program Evaluation


Dr. Paschall is a research scientist at Child Trends in the early childhood development area. Her research focuses on how to support the adults in the lives of young children, including parents, child care, and early education professionals. Dr. Paschall conducts research and evaluation activities with national, state, and local data to identify policy levers that reduce inequities in infant and toddler well-being. She enjoys learning and utilizing advanced statistical methods and data visualization techniques.

Prior to joining Child Trends, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked on a National Science Foundation project to develop novel methods for studying sensitive periods and transitions in child development. She also worked as an Early Head Start teacher, which inspires her passion for infants, toddlers and their families. Dr. Paschall earned her MS and PhD in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, and her BS from Arizona State University.