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Elizabeth J. Gifford, Assistant Research Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of Data Initiatives  

Office Location: 214 Rubenstein Hall, 302 Towerview Rd., Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-9294
Duke Box: 90545
Email Address: beth.gifford@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

    Education:
    Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2005
    M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2000
    B.S., Cornell University, 1997

    Research Description: Beth's primary research interests involve evaluating programs and policies that are designed to improve health outcomes for vulnerable children. These populations include children who are poor, in the juvenile justice system, in foster care, in special education or who have emotional and or behavioral problems. She is particularly interested in applying the best research methodology to inform decision makers as they balance goals of cost, quality and access in providing health care.

    Representative Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Gifford, EJ; Eldred, LM; Vernerey, A; Sloan, FA. "How does family drug treatment court participation affect child welfare outcomes?." Child Abuse & Neglect 38.10 (2014): 1659-1670. [S0145213414001033], [doi]  [abs]
    2. Gifford, EJ; Eldred, LM; McCutchan, SA; Sloan, FA. "The effects of participation level on recidivism: a study of drug treatment courts using propensity score matching.." Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 9.40 (September, 2014): 40. [abstract], [doi]  [abs]
    3. Skinner, AT; Babinski, LM; Gifford, EJ. "Teachers’ expectations and self-efficacy for working with bullies and victims." Psychology in the Schools 51.1 (January, 2014): 72-84. [abstract], [doi]  [abs]
    4. Wells, R; Gifford, EJ. "Implementing a case management initiative in high-need schools." Children and Youth Services Review 35.5 (2013): 787-796. [026], [doi]  [abs]
    5. Lynne, EG; Gifford, EJ; Evans, KE; Rosch, JB. "Barriers to reporting child maltreatment: do emergency medical services professionals fully understand their role as mandatory reporters?." North Carolina Medical Journal 76.1 (January, 2015): 13-18.  [abs]
    6. Sloan, F., Gifford, E.J.,Chepke, L., Acquah, K. and Bevins, C.. "How specialty courts affect outcomes for youth in foster care." Evaluation Review 37.1 (2013): 3-37. [3.abstract]  [abs]
    7. Wells, R; Gifford, E; Bai, Y; Corra, A. "A Network Perspective on Dropout Prevention in Two Cities." Educational Administration Quarterly 51.1 (February, 2015): 27-57. [27], [doi]  [abs]
    8. Gifford, E.J., Wells, R.S, Miller, S., Troop, T.O., Bai, Y., Babinski, L.. "Pairing nurses and social workers in schools: North Carolina’s school-based child and family support teams." Journal of School Health (2010). [PDF]
    9. Gifford, EJ; Foster, EM. "Provider-level effects on length of stay for youth with mental health and substance abuse disorders." Medical Care 46.3 (2008): 240-246. [18388838], [doi]
    10. Bhandari, S. and Gifford, E.. "Children with Health Insurance in the United States: 2002." (2003): 60-224. [PDF]

    Curriculum Vitae

    Highlight:

    Beth Gifford is an Assistant Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of Data Initiatives for the Center for Child and Family Policy.  These Data Initiatives include the Durham Children’s Data Center and the North Carolina Education Research Data Center.  Gifford is also leading the Social and Economic Component of the Children’s Health and Discovery Institute housed within the Duke School of Medicine. She is also a Co-PI on two studies that examine the intergenerational effects of parental involvement in the criminal justice system, funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Her primary research interests involve evaluating programs and policies that are designed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. These populations include children who live in low-income families, are in the juvenile justice system or in foster care, require special education or have emotional and or behavioral problems.

    Elizabeth J. Gifford