Children and Families

Child Development; Behavior Problems

Candice Odgers, associate professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience; associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. Studies effects of social inequalities, neighborhood deprivation and early adversity such as bullying and abuse on the development of problem behaviors in children and adolescents, including antisocial behavior, crime and early drinking. (919) 613-9239; candice.odgers@duke.edu

Poverty; Neighborhoods and Families

Elizabeth O. Ananat, assistant professor of public policy; faculty fellow, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. Ananat, an economist, focuses on the intergenerational dynamics of poverty and inequality. Recent research includes the effects of factory closings on children’s test scores. (919) 613-7302; elizabeth.ananat@duke.edu
Marriage Patterns; Unmarried Parents; Low-Income Families

Christina M. Gibson-Davis, associate professor of public policy, sociology; faculty fellow, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. Studies causes and consequences of changing fertility and marriage patterns, including single mothers and marriage versus cohabitation. (919) 613-7364; cgibson@duke.edu

Poverty and Child Well-Being

Anna Gassman-Pines, assistant professor of public policy, and psychology and neuroscience; faculty fellow, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. Gassman-Pines is a psychologist who studies the effects of welfare and employment policy on child and maternal well-being. Recent research interests include the effects of job loss on children’s tests scores (co-authored with Gibson-Davis and Ananat). (919) 613-7301; agassman.pines@duke.edu

Mental Health; Substance Abuse

E. Jane Costello, an epidemiologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is associate director of research, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. She studies the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in the development of mental health problems and substance abuse problems in children and adolescents. (919) 613-9335; elizabeth.costello@duke.edujcostell@psych.duhs.duke.edu

Education Policy, Student Performance

Clara G. Muschkin, assistant research professor of public policy; associate director for undergraduate studies, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. Muschkin, a sociologist and demographer, studies education policy, school structure, and student outcomes. Current research interests include the impact of early childhood education on academic outcomes, impact of grade retention on student behavior, and consequences of high school reform practices.  (919) 613-9302; muschkin@duke.edu