PhD, Family Studies and Human Development, The University of Arizona (2016)
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

Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Families and Family Systems, Maternal Health, Mental Health and Well-Being, Prevention Science, Program Evaluation, Difference in Difference Modeling, Latent Class Analysis or Cluster Analysis, Latent Growth Curve Modeling, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Survival Analysis or Hazard Models, Structural Equation Models, Mixed Methods, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, Regression Discontinuity, Propensity Scoring, Early Childhood Education, Parent-Child Relationships, Economic Inequality


I am a research scientist at Child Trends in the early childhood development area. I am interested in how early adversity (e.g., stress, poverty) impacts family dynamics and early childhood development. One focus of my research is to understand how Early Head Start buffers the impact of socioeconomic stress to improve parent-child relationships. I enjoy learning about and employing advanced quantitative methods, and am particularly interested in latent and longitudinal modeling.

I have experience working with local and state partners to plan and evaluate programs for high-risk families with young children, and worked on Southern Arizona's collective impact campaign promote high equality early education. Prior to joining Child Trends, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where I worked on a National Science Foundation project to develop novel methods for studying sensitive periods and transitions in child development. I earned my MS and PhD in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, and my BS from Arizona State University.