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.

Wong CA, Ming D, Maslow G, Gifford EJ. Mitigating the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response on At-Risk Children. Pediatrics. 2020 Jul;146(1).

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. 2020 May 13;

Gifford EJ, Evans KE, Eldred Kozecke L, Sloan FA. Mothers and fathers in the criminal justice system and children's child protective services involvement. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2020 Mar;101:104306.