Professor Waldfogel is Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is currently co-chair of CPRC's Developmental Core, co-convener of the Child, Youth, and Families signature research area group, and a member of the CPRC Steering Committee. In 2015, Waldfogel will become co-director of CPRC.
Scientific Accomplishments: Waldfogel brings to CPRC a strong record of research on children, youth, and families, and the effects of public policies on child and family well-being, both in the U.S. and cross-nationally. In the 19 years since she completed her Ph.D. in public policy, she has published over 100 articles and book chapters, as well as 5 books. Areas of focus have included the effects of maternal employment on child well-being; effects of child care and early childhood education on school readiness and school achievement; measurement, determinants, and consequences of poverty and inequality; work-family policies; and policies for low-income children and families. Waldfogel's primary training is in economics but she also carries out research and publishes in demography, developmental psychology, sociology, and education. She is Co-Principal Investigator on the Fragile Families study, a longitudinal birth cohort study which has been a tremendous resource for fellow faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students, and the new Robin Hood Survey of Well-Being in New York City, which will be a great resource in the future for faculty, post-docs, and students. She has also provided numerous opportunities for collboration and training for fellow faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students in research projects she has led with funding from NICHD (through FIRST and R01 awards) as well as major foundations in the U.S. and the U.K.
Research Plans: Waldfogel will continue her research on the measurement, determinants, and consequences of poverty and inequality; work-family policies; and policies for low-income children and families. She is particularly interested in extending her current work with cohort datasets from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. to include other countries such as France, Germany, and Japan.
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