Poverty Staff

Poverty poses both immediate and long-term threats to children’s development. Child Trends monitors the prevalence of child poverty over time, and its impact on child outcomes. In all of our research areas, from early childhood to youth development, we examine differences in child well-being by family income. We also evaluate the effects of programs and policies aimed at children and families in poverty.

Our DataBank provides annual updates on the number and percent of children living under key poverty thresholds.

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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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Nicole Forry

Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Nicole Forry’s research focuses on child care subsidies and tax policies, child care quality, enhancing couple relationships, disparities in children’s development, and implementation and outcome evaluations.

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Tamara Halle

Co-Director for Early Childhood Development and Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan

Tamara Halle conducts research and evaluation studies on children’s early cognitive and social development, early childhood care and education, family and community supports for school readiness, and school characteristics associated with ongoing achievement and positive development.

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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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Zakia Redd

Deputy Program Area Director
Education: M.P.P., Georgetown University

Zakia Redd has more than 12 years of experience studying how programs and policies affect the outcomes of low-income children and families.

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Kathryn Tout

Co-Director for Early Childhood Development and Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota

Kathryn Tout has fifteen years of experience in the design and implementation of research and evaluations related to the quality of early care and education, policy and programs to improve early care and education quality, professional development for early childhood educators, predictors of early care and education selection, early childhood development, best practices in early care and education, and child and family outcomes.

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