Meghan
McCormick
Research Associate, Family Well-Being and Children’s Development Policy Area

McCormick’s work uses experimental and quasi-experimental approaches to estimate the impacts of school- and home-based programs and policies on low-income children’s academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes. She is particularly focused on using innovative methods to explain the mechanisms behind program impacts, and on identifying strategies to ameliorate the negative effects of poverty on children’s development. McCormick is the project director and a lead impact investigator for the Expanding Children’s Early Learning (ExCEL) P-3: Promoting Sustained Gains from Preschool to Third Grade study. She is the deputy project director on a randomized controlled trial of Child First, a home visiting program for high-risk families. McCormick is also a co-principal investigator with colleagues at New York University on an Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded follow-up study of the social-emotional learning program INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament. She is currently contributing to new work that continues the efforts of the Building Bridges and Bonds study to identify promising family-strengthening interventions for parents involved in the criminal justice system. McCormick also conducted daily diary analysis and implementation research for the Supporting Healthy Marriage project. She received her PhD in applied psychology and quantitative methods from New York University in 2015, where she was an IES predoctoral fellow and a National Academy of Education/Spencer dissertation fellow. She was awarded the IES Outstanding Predoctoral Fellow Award in 2016, and also received a New York City Early Childhood Research Network Early Career Scholars Award in 2018. McCormick holds an AB in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.