Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy


Ying-Chun Lin is a postdoctoral associate conducting research on the impacts of social policies on children’s development. Her research focuses on the well-being of economically disadvantaged children, access to high-quality early care and education (ECE) among low-income and immigrant families, and the effects of public policies and programs on child development. She is currently working on projects that examine how parental employment schedules affect ECE access as well as the effects of state pre-kindergarten programs on children’s school readiness skills.

Lin received her Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she was a graduate research fellow at the Institute for Research on Poverty during her doctoral training. Her dissertation was supported by the Child Care Research Scholars grant from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She also has extensive direct practice experience as a social worker in medical setting and nonprofit organizations.