Elizabeth Joanne Gifford PhD

Beth Gifford

Core Faculty

Elizabeth Joanne Gifford, PhD


PhD, Pennsylvania State University

MS, Pennsylvania State University

Beth Gifford is an Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy.  Gifford is leading the Social and Economic Component of the Children’s Health and Discovery Institute housed within the Duke School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. She is currently leading a Child Maltreatment Prevention Research Team that is examining cross-agency collaboration between the health and social service systems.

Her primary research interests involve evaluating programs and policies that are designed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. These populations include children who live in low-income families, are in the juvenile justice system or in foster care, require special education or have emotional and or behavioral problems.

Swanson JW, Tong G, Easter MM, Sivaraman JC, Gifford EJ, Gardner BO, et al. Gun violence among young adults with a juvenile crime record in North Carolina: Implications for firearm restrictions based on age and risk. Prev Med. 2022 Dec;165(Pt A):107279.

Liu Y, Shepherd-Banigan M, Evans KE, Stilwell L, Terrell L, Hurst JH, et al. Do children evaluated for maltreatment have higher subsequent emergency department and inpatient care utilization compared to a general pediatric sample? Child Abuse Negl. 2022 Dec;134:105938.

Golonka M, Liu Y, Rohrs R, Copeland J, Byrd J, Stilwell L, et al. What Do Child Abuse and Neglect Medical Evaluation Consultation Notes Tell Researchers and Clinicians? Child Maltreat. 2022 Oct 20;10775595221134536.