Kimberly Kopko
Director, The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities
Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Associate Director of Extension and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
College of Human Ecology
250 MVR Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 254-6517

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.

Rachel Dunifon
Faculty Leader, The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities
Professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Outreach

The faculty leader for the Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities 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.

Julia Chapman
Research Extension Aide, The Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities
(607) 254-8265

Julia Chapman joined the Parenting Project: Healthy Children, Families, & Communities team in May 2017, and also works with the Youth Risk and Opportunity Lab at Cornell University. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester and experience working in research and clinical settings. Her research interests include how trauma relates to adolescent development and the development of maladaptive coping mechanisms. Julia hopes to pursue a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in the future, with the hope of becoming a practicing clinician while also pursuing research interests.

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