Cecily Hardaway researches at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. Hardaway’s primary line of research investigates links between poverty-related risks (e.g., exposure to community violence, economic hardship, and household chaos) and adolescents’ socioemotional adjustment and academic achievement. She is particularly interested in identifying processes that help us understand why poverty-related risks are, in fact, risks and pinpointing ways that low-income adolescents may be protected from these risks.
Her most recent work has focused on how exposure to community violence is associated with low-income adolescents’ mental health and behavior as well as identifying factors within the family and community that help protect adolescents from the consequences of exposure to community violence. Hardaway’s research has been published in psychology, family studies, and child/adolescent development journals, including the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Psychology of Violence.
Research Scientist at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute
Areas of Expertise: Exposure to Community Violence, Poverty, Adolescent Development, Family Processes, Low-Income Families
Location: Durham, NC
Heard on Source of the Week: Cecily Hardaway Discussing Exposure To Community Violence
Margaret Simms is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she directs the Low-Income Working Families project. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, her current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building.
Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 2010.
Simms holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Director of the Low-Income Working Families Institute, The Urban Institute
Areas of Expertise: Low-Income Families (With An Emphasis On Employment And Asset Building), Poverty, Income And Wealth Disparities
Inimai Chettiar is the director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Justice Program, where she works to create an effective, rational and fair legal system. The program proposes and works to enact data-driven policy and legal reforms aimed at two main goals: ending mass incarceration and closing the justice gap for low-income Americans.