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.

Liu Y, Terrell L, Joyce B, Black J, Kaplan SJ, Gifford EJ. Defining suspected child maltreatment using International Classification of Diseases codes: A scoping literature review (Accepted). Children and Youth Services Review. 2023 Jun 1;149.

Vyas N, Wimberly CE, Beaman MM, Kaplan SJ, Rasmussen LJH, Wertz J, et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2023 May;151:106071.

Malhotra D, Boyle SH, Gifford EJ, Sullivan BA, Nguyen Wenker TH, Abs N-D, et al. Self-reported gastrointestinal disorders among veterans with gulf war illness with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2023 May;35(5):e14548.