Katie Paschall is a research scientist in early childhood development at Child Trends. Katie’s research promotes children’s social-emotional skills and school readiness by supporting early parent-child relationships and children’s early care and education environments. Much of her work has focused on Early Head Start families and programming, examining how—and under what conditions—Early Head Start buffers young children against environmental risks, including maternal depression and family conflict. Katie’s interests and experience also encompass child maltreatment prevention and program planning and evaluation. Her work applies advanced quantitative methods, including structural equational modeling, mixture modeling, causal inference analyses, and time-varying effect models.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Katie worked on a National Science Foundation project to develop novel methods for identifying sensitive periods in development. Katie is a graduated fellow of the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being network, and remains active in the fellowship network. She earned her PhD in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona.