Maria Abdul-Masih, MS, is a senior research assistant working on the early childhood development team at Child Trends. Maria’s main area of research interest is the role risk factors such as poverty and homelessness have on early child development and academic achievement. She is also interested in how outcomes for children experiencing economic adversity are impacted by factors including early childhood education, policy, strong parent-child relationships, and access to resources. Prior to joining Child Trends, Maria conducted research at Villanova University. She investigated the impact of an intervention aimed at supporting child development in a population of families experiencing poverty and homelessness. This intervention worked to build on existing parent-child relationships and parents’ knowledge of their child’s developmental needs. Maria also worked as a policy analyst and advocacy intern at People’s Emergency Center, a non-profit aimed at connecting youth experiencing homelessness with housing and high-quality early education services.