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Kimberly Kopko
Director, Parenting In Context Project
Senior Extension Associate
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
College of Human Ecology
250 MVR Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 254-6517
e-mail: kak33@cornell.edu

Kimberly Kopko received her Ph.D. in Child Development from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University in May 2005 and joined the Department of Policy Analysis & Management in 2007 after spending a year as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. Her research and extension interests examine parenting and child development outcomes.  Specific research and extension interests include: developmental outcomes of affluent youth; socioeconomic status, parenting, and child development; developmental issues related to divorce and custody; the impact of children's extracurricular activity involvement on families; and parenting and adolescent development. Web site: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=kak33  

 
Eliza Lathrop Cook

Eliza Lathrop Cook
Associate Director, Parenting In Context
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
College of Human Ecology
247 MVR Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607)255-5053
email: elc96@cornell.edu

Eliza Lathrop Cook received her MPA, with an emphasis in Family Policy, from Cornell University in 2014. Eliza is interested in a wide range of child development and family research topics and is particularly interested in translational research, finding ways to effectively disseminate current research to families and caregivers. During her time with Parenting in Context, Eliza has developed numerous research briefs and fact sheets on topics such as incarcerated parents, family meals, and fatherhood. Eliza also analyzes data from parents and youth who attend Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) parenting education classes across New York State and produces annual reports that are distributed statewide. In addition, Eliza is involved with a number of research projects, such as the Toddler Talk Project and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project. Website: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=elc96

 

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Rachel Dunifon
Faculty Leader, Parenting In Context

The faculty leader for the Parenting In Context Project is Professor Rachel Dunifon. Rachel Dunifon is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.  She is also the Associate Dean for Research and Outreach for the College of Human Ecology. She received her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 1999.  Her research focuses on child and family policy. Dunifon studies child and family policy, with a focus on factors influencing the development of less-advantaged children.  Specific research topics include the relationship between maternal employment conditions and children's health and development; the well-being of children in various family living arrangements, such as single-parenthood and cohabitation; and the role of grandparents in the lives of youth. Website: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=red26