Patricia Garrett-Peters, Ph.D.
Center for Child and Family Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Research Interests & Goals:
As a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Dr. Garrett-Peters is committed to conducting research that can make a difference in the lives of children and families and inform public policy. Through her research, she is dedicated to understanding and addressing the real-life conditions of families from varied cultural backgrounds that potentially shape children’s adjustment across domains of development. Dr. Garrett-Peters’ current research focuses on how family and child functioning are affected by poverty, and particularly the role of household chaos, which often pervades the lives of poor families and their children. For 10 years Dr. Garrett-Peters has served as the North Carolina Project Director for the Family Life Project (FLP), a multi-site longitudinal study of 1,292 poor rural children and their families, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The FLP has followed these children from birth through the transition to school and will continue to gather important information on these families and their children through seventh grade. In collaboration with Dr. Lynne Vernon-Feagans (CDS Faculty), she received funding from the Institute for Education Sciences to examine the ways in which teacher instruction and child skills interact to affect student engagement and academic outcomes in the FLP children. Through a collaboration with Dr. Amy Halberstadt (CDS Faculty), funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Garrett-Peters is examining relations among parenting and parental emotion socialization and children’s emotion understanding and social competence in 3rd graders, who are part of the Durham Child Health and Development Study.