Emma Armstrong-Carter, PhD

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

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.

The National Science Foundation funds my work. As a post-doctoral researcher, I split my time between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

I completed my PhD at Stanford University, where I was also a fellow in the Stanford Data Science Program and the Center for Education Policy Analysis

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 emmaac@berkeley.edu.