What do high rates of nonmarital childbirth and divorce mean for children's well-being? How do parenting practices vary by social class and what implications do these differences have for children’s development? How can public policies support the development of children and youth in low-income, single parent families? These are the questions that guide my research, placing it on three distinct but related paths. On each path, I draw my data from large, national studies that capture the diversity of family contexts in the U.S.

Overall, my research explores how the home environment shapes child development and asks what public policies can do to enhance the quality of those environments. I bring these foci to the courses I teach in Research Methods and Statistics, Lifespan Development, and Early Child Development. My broad aim is to link developmental psychology to child and family policy in an effort to enrich both fields.




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