Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University.

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She came to Georgetown after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies in Fall 2009. She earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University in 2006. Most broadly, her research explores the implications of socioeconomic disadvantage for children’s home environments and well-being and as well as the relationship between parenting and children’s development in at-risk contexts. Both strains of research explore two fundamental influences on child well-being: the quality of parent-child interactions and parents’ ability to invest time and money in children’s environments. Her recent work explores variation in parenting practices by socioeconomic status, and over time, as well as the implications of poor neonatal health on the parenting and developmental outcomes of children in low-SES families. Her research has been continuously funded by both federal and private institutions, including the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Her overarching aim is to link developmental psychology to child and family policy in an effort to enrich both fields.