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Gifford Receives Duke Meritorious Service Award

April 5, 2018

Beth Gifford, assistant research professor of public policy, has been selected to receive a Duke University Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her work with young children and with veteran’s health in Durham.

At the Center for Child and Family Policy, Gifford oversees the NC Education Research Data Center and directs data initiatives. She is co-principal investigator for a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and another from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, both looking at criminal justice, parents and children.

In nominating her, Ken Dodge, who hired Gifford when he was director of CCFP, wrote: “Beth studies how social service systems affect children’s development… . Her work has both scientific and practical impact.”

In collaboration with the Durham City Council and Durham County agencies, Gifford helped create a strategic plan to enhance child care and education, including pre-K readiness, prenatal and maternal services and improved data collection. She led production of the report, “The State of Durham County’s Young Children.”

She was also nominated by a professor at the Duke Medical School and at the Durham VA Medical Center, who cited her work with children and with the Department of Veteran Affairs on Gulf War illness and on VA studies of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Gifford will be presented with the award, along with other 2018 winners, at the Presidential Awards Ceremony on April 26.