Indicators Staff

Child Trends develops and promotes indicators of child well-being used by researchers and policymakers to better understand children and youth and provide the means for assessing our shared accountability, as a nation, for their welfare. The Child Trends DataBank examines and monitors more than 100 indicators that focus on both risks and positive development for children. We also conduct in-depth reviews of subpopulations of children and youth – for example, children in adoptive families, infants and toddlers, and children in a particular region or jurisdiction.

For Venture Philanthropy Partners, Child Trends reported on the well-being of children and youth in the Washington, D.C. metro region.  Capital Kids: Shared Responsibility, Shared Future.

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David Murphey

Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan

David Murphey is a senior research scientist at Child Trends with expertise in selecting, developing, monitoring, and analyzing indicators of child and youth well-being at national, state, and local levels.

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Kristin Anderson Moore

Senior Scholar and Co-Director of Youth Development
Education: Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan

Kristin Moore is a social psychologist who studies trends in child and family well-being, positive development, the determinants and consequences of early sexual activity and parenthood, fatherhood, the effects of family structure and social change on children, and the effects of public policies and poverty on children.

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Laura Lippman

Director for Education and Senior Research Scientist
Education: Graduate Studies in Demography, Georgetown University; B.A., Anthropology, Colorado College

Laura Lippman is a demographer focusing on indicators of child well-being, education, and positive development. She directs the Education program at Child Trends. Ms. Lippman oversees research involving the development of physical, cognitive, social and psychological competencies among students and the family, school, and community supports for that development.

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Sharon Vandivere

Senior Research Scientist
Education: M.P.P., Georgetown University

Sharon Vandivere has conducted research on child welfare and child well-being in general. Other interests include adoption, poverty, and risk and resiliency factors. She has analyzed data from over a dozen nationally representative surveys focusing on child well-being, in addition to data extracted from multiple administrative data systems.

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Mae Cooper

Senior Research Assistant
Education: B.A., Sociology, Mount Holyoke College

Mae Cooper works in the Indicators and Youth Development/Evaluation research areas. Her research interests include statistical measurement, family and gender dynamics, health assessment, and the effects of public policy.

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