PhD,Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University
Cohort Seven Fellow


Academic Mentor
David MacPhee, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University and Colorado State University School of Public Health

Policy Mentor
Taylor Bishop Scott, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University; Coordinator, Research-to-Policy Collaboration

Current Institutional Affiliation
Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood: SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellow

Areas of Expertise
Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Resiliency, Low-Income Families and Individuals


Dr. Sarah Prendergast is a SRCD Post-doctoral State Policy Fellow in the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  She received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Prendergast’s expertise is in risk and resilience, school readiness, family functioning, prevention and implementation science, and program evaluation. At Colorado State University, Dr. Prendergast’s research explored factors related to school readiness among children in Early Head Start and Head Start. Supported by a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, her dissertation research focused on the impacts of family income, parent educational attainment, and neighborhood characteristics in promoting school readiness and preventing child maltreatment.  Throughout her doctoral studies, Dr. Prendergast also worked on several evaluation studies related to subsidized child care and a statewide community-planning effort for the primary prevention of child maltreatment.  Her work at the OEC currently focuses on activities related to maltreatment prevention, promotion of school readiness, program evaluation, and data analysis projects. Dr. Prendergast is committed to conducting research on policies and programs that will ultimately improve the lives of children and families.