Senior Fellow

Morris, a professor of applied psychology at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, is a consultant for MDRC’s Family Well-Being and Children’s Development policy area (for which she served as co-director in 2008 and 2009). Her research lies at the intersection of social policy and developmental psychology. Her work addressing the effects of parents’ employment and income on children has had an impact on policy at both the state and federal level. She is the Project Director and co-Principal Investigator of the Department of Health and Human Services Head Start CARES project, which is one of two large-scale cluster randomized trials Morris is conducting with researchers at MDRC. In addition, she is conducting a study to understand how youth and their families are affected by conditional cash transfers as part of the MDRCs Opportunity NYC Study, an initiative of Mayor Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunity. Morris is also conducting a study to understand how low- income children are affected by parents’ depression. Morris is the recipient of the Emerging Leadership Award from the Committee on Socioeconomic Status of the American Psychological Association and of the William T. Grant Scholars Award. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University.