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Research Interests

Terri J. Sabol's research focuses on the individual and environmental factors that lead to healthy child development, with a particular emphasis on schools and families. She applies developmental theory, psychological measurement and advanced quantitative methods to pressing social policy issues that affect low-income children and families. In particular, she focuses on two key policy areas: (1) assessing and improving early childhood education; and (2) increasing families’ human capital, including parent education, employment, and income. The broad goal of her research is to generate dynamic theories of change, measure complex social processes, and analyze data with advanced statistical techniques to produce innovative, functional scholarship aimed at improving the lives of children living with economic hardship.

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Developmental Science, PhD, University of Virginia

… → 2011

Psychology and English, BA, University of Michigan

… → 2004

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Grants 2010 2020

Research Output 2010 2019

Effects of a Two-Generation Human Capital Program on Low-Income Parents' Education, Employment, and Psychological Wellbeing

Chase-Lansdale, L., Sabol, T. J., Sommer, T. E., Chor, E., Cooperman, A. W., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., King, C. & Morris, A., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Family Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Design
3 Citations (Scopus)

A Two-Generation Human Capital Approach to Anti-poverty Policy

Sommer, T. E., Sabol, T. J., Chor, E., Schneider, W., Chase-Lansdale, L., Professor, J. B. G., Small, M. L., King, C. & Professor, H. Y., Feb 1 2018, In : RSF. 4, 3, p. 118-143 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

human capital

Double Down or Switch It Up: Should Low-Income Children Stay in Head Start for 2 Years or Switch Programs?

Jenkins, J. M., Sabol, T. J. & Farkas, G., Jun 1 2018, In : Evaluation Review. 42, 3, p. 283-317 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

low income
school readiness
Head Start

Forecasting youth adjustment at age 15 from school readiness profiles at 54 months

Goble, P., Pianta, R. C. & Sabol, T. J., May 10 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Applied Developmental Science. p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Adjustment
school readiness
Executive Function
Short-Term Memory

Head Start, two-generation ESL services, and parent engagement

Sommer, T. E., Gomez, C. J., Yoshikawa, H., Sabol, T. J., Chor, E., Sanchez, A., Chase-Lansdale, L. & Brooks-Gunn, J., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Development