Families and Parenting

Active Research Grants

Connect to Baby, Georgetown Reflective Engagement Grants.  This parenting and co-parenting intervention is designed to enhance parent and child well-being. Specifically, Connect to Baby emphasizes the importance of creating a strong parenting team between mother and father to increase consistency of parenting, the quality of parent-child interactions, and overall quality of life for both parents and child. The intervention is currently being piloted through collaboration with a local Washington DC community partner, Martha’s Table (2017).

Past Research Grants

Inequality in Parental Investments by Biological Vulnerability: Implications for the Socioeconomic Gap in Children’s School Readiness, Russel Sage Foundation.  The present study assesses the differential allocation of parental investments within families across biologically vulnerable versus non-vulnerable children, and the differential impact of biological vulnerability on children’s school readiness, across low- versus high-SES families  (2015-2017).

 Inequality at Home: The Evolution of Class-based Gaps in Young Children’s Home Learning Environments and School Readiness Skills from 1986 to 2012, Spencer Foundation.The current study examines the role of changes over time in class-based gaps in preschool-age children’s home environments in producing changes over time in class-based gaps in preschool-age children’s development (2015-2017).

IBSS-Ex: Relationships Among Parenting Approaches, Home Environments, and the Development of Children's Skills, National Science Foundation. This interdisciplinary research project will examine how differences in parenting between higher- and lower-income households have changed over time and whether such changes account for the growing achievement gaps in children from different sets of households.  (2014-2016).

 Inequality at Home: The Evolution of Class-based Gaps in Young Children’s Home Environments and Pre-School Age Skills from 1986 to 2012, Russell Sage Foundation & Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  Researchers increasingly point out the importance of a child’s early years for the development of skills that will help them succeed later in life. Much of this scholarship focuses on the importance of cognitive skills, such as reading, but the development of non-cognitive skills, such as motivation and interpersonal skills, is also critical. The present study looks at how inequality across home environments affects the development of these non-cognitive skills (2014-2016).

The Impact of Nonresident Fatherhood on Adolescent Sexual Development, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This project uses two of the only nationally representative datasets with sibling and cousin pairs and data on adolescent sexual development to clarify the implications of nonresident fatherhood for adolescent sexual development, and in doing so, the implications of ever-increasing rates of nonresident fatherhood for family formation in next generation (2012-2014).