Child Development and Social Policy Lab
Currently accepting doctoral students for the 2018-2019 academic year
Dr. Johnson directs the Child Development and Social Policy (CDSP) lab, which provides opportunities for students at all levels - undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral - to develop their own lines of inquiry into the myriad ways that public social policies can promote the development of young, low-income or otherwise vulnerable children in the U.S.
Owen Schochet is a second-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Public Policy program in the Psychology Department at Georgetown University working under the advisement of Dr. Johnson. As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, he was a research assistant in the Rochester Baby Lab where he studied the development of infant visual and auditory cognition as a precursor to language acquisition. Following graduation in 2012, Owen spent 4 years studying international and domestic education programs and policies at Mathematica Policy Research as a Research Analyst. His graduate research is focused on the application of rigorous evaluation methods to study the quality of publicly-funded early childhood education programs and policies designed to support school readiness and the optimal development of at-risk children and their families. Currently, Owen and Dr. Johnson work together to explore variation in classroom and workforce characteristics across the full landscape of publicly-funded early care and education programs available to low-income families.