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.

Gifford EJ, Boyle SH, Vahey J, Sims KJ, Efird JT, Chesnut B, et al. Health-Related Quality of Life by Gulf War Illness Case Status. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Apr 7;19(8).

Copeland WE, Tong G, Gifford EJ, Easter MM, Shanahan L, Swartz MS, et al. Adult criminal outcomes of juvenile justice involvement. Psychol Med. 2022 Mar 10;1–8.