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, Vahey J, Hauser ER, Sims KJ, Efird JT, Dursa EK, et al. Gulf War illness in the Gulf War Era Cohort and Biorepository: The Kansas and Centers for Disease Control definitions. Life Sci. 2021 Aug 1;278:119454.

Copeland WE, Tong G, Gifford EJ, Easter MM, Shanahan L, Swartz MS, et al. Childhood Gun Access, Adult Suicidality, and Crime. Pediatrics. 2021 Jul;

Howard J, Copeland JN, Gifford EJ, Lawson J, Bai Y, Heilbron N, et al. Brief Report: Classifying Rates of Students with Autism and Intellectual Disability in North Carolina: Roles of Race and Economic Disadvantage. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Jan;51(1):307–14.