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Patricia Garrett-Peters

Research Scientist


Patricia Garrett-Peters is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy. She is committed to conducting research that can make a difference in the lives of children and families and inform public policy. Garrett-Peters’ research has focused on understanding the real-life conditions of families from varied backgrounds that shape children’s adjustment across domains of development. Currently, her research focuses on how family and child functioning are affected by poverty, and particularly household chaos, which can pervade the lives of poor families and their children.

Garrett-Peters has primarily used data from the Family Life Project (FLP) in her research. The FLP is a multi-site longitudinal study of 1,292 children and their families living in high poverty geographic regions in the U.S., funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In addition to funding from NICHD, Garrett-Peters has also received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation to support her work.

Research Interests:

  • Poverty and Inequality

  • Child Development

  • Parenting in Context