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Emma Armstrong-Carter, PhD

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I am a developmental psychologist, and Assistant Professor at Tufts University in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.


I research children's and adolescents' experiences helping and caregiving for family - and how these experiences relate to their school success.

I earned my Ph.D from Stanford University, where I was also a fellow in the Stanford Data Science Initiative and Center for Education Policy Analysis. I completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by the National Science Foundation.

My research has shown that youths' experiences supporting the family can either exacerbate or mitigate academic challenges in homes with different family circumstances (e.g., disability, chronic illness), socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultural backgrounds.

My research is interdisciplinary and integrative. It lies at the intersection of developmental psychology, education policy, community health, and data science. I address multiple contexts of development including family, school, neighborhood, and geographic influences. My work informs the design of school- and government-based policies that support children’s wellbeing and educational success. Please contact me at

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