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.

Snyder-Fickler E, Alban C, Liu Y, Rohrs RM, Blessing L, Longenecker TC, et al. What do child maltreatment reports to child protective services tell us about the needs families and communities are experiencing? (Accepted) Children and Youth Services Review. 2023 Dec 1;155.

Boyle SH, Upchurch J, Gifford EJ, Redding TS, Hauser ER, Malhotra D, et al. Military exposures and Gulf War illness in veterans with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Nov 23;

Ahmed ST, Li R, Richardson P, Ghosh S, Steele L, White DL, et al. Association of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Hyperlipidemia With Gulf War Illness Among Gulf War Veterans. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023 Oct 3;12(19):e029575.