Social-Emotional Development Staff

Our staff has experience in many aspects of social-emotional development research including rigorous evaluation of practice and program models, analysis of state and local policy reform initiatives, and developing and analyzing indicators.

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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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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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Deborah Temkin

Program Area Director for Education
Education: M.A., Education Theory and Policy; M.S., Human Development and Family Studies; Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Deborah Temkin is a senior research scientist in the Education research area, where she is focused on the intersections between education and healthy social and emotional development. She brings a wide array of methodological skills including multi-level modeling, social network analysis (including visualization and longitudinal analysis using SIENA), latent class analysis, dyadic social relations modeling, and qualitative data collection and analysis.

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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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Selma Caal

Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University

Selma Caal has over 10 years of experience studying families and child/youth well-being. She has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative studies using social ecological models. Her research portfolio includes studies that have examined factors associated with the social and emotional development of children and youth and, more recently, factors associated with reproductive health behaviors among Latino adolescents.

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Kristen E. Darling-Churchill

Research Scientist
Education: M.P.P., American University

Kristen Darling-Churchill is a senior research analyst with Child Trends' education and early childhood teams. Currently Kristen specializes in qualitative research focused on: early childhood social and emotional development; early childhood developmental screening and assessments; positive child well-being indicator development, in school and community contexts; technical assistance related to measurement of and improvements to conditions for learning in schools (a.k.a. school climate); school discipline policy research and analysis; needs assessment; and resource dissemination strategies. Kristen also serves as Child Trends’ education program area manager, and as a project manager and proposal development lead.

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