Elizabeth Washbrook, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Her work involves the statistical analysis of large-scale child and family datasets from the UK, the US and other countries. One aspect of her research focuses on the mechanisms linking early socioeconomic disadvantage and children's cognitive and socioemotional development. She is particularly interested in the relationship between differences in the policy environment across countries and across time and the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage. Another strand of her research focuses on maternal employment around the time of childbearing, and the way in which maternity leave policy impacts on child and family outcomes. She also has methodological interests in the development of new techniques for the analysis of longitudinal and cohort datasets.
Dr. Washbrook has published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Sociological Methodology, Child Development and the Economic Journal among others. She is the co-author of a recent book, Too Many Children Left Behind: The US Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective, and her work has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, the U.K. Government's Cabinet Office, Save the Children and the Economic and Social Research Council in the U.K. among others. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bristol in February 2007.
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