DUPRI student Laura Stillwell, a PhD candidate in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been awarded a prestigious F30 grant though the NIH's National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The project is titled "The Causal Impact of Poverty Reduction on Housing Conditions of Low-Income, U.S. Children and the Role of Housing and Neighborhood Ecosystems on Young Children's Healthy Development."
Laura’s 2-year NIH-F30 grant will support new work examining housing characteristics, and the neighborhood, during the earliest years of development among children residing in poverty in the U.S. starting at birth. This research will consider configurations of the housing ecosystem including stability, affordability, and quality, and bring in new data on the neighborhood ecosystem among families in the Baby’s First Years study – the largest U.S. based multi-site randomized control trial of a monthly, unconditional cash transfer to families with young children. The F30 grant will also fund Laura’s last year of medical training. For her research, Laura will be mentored by Drs. Lisa Gennetian (Duke University), Katherine Magnuson (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Kimberly Noble (Teachers College, Columbia University). Dr. J. Nathan Copeland (Duke University) will be her clinical mentor. Laura will be further supported by her dissertation committee (Drs. Kate Bundorf, Manoj Mohanan, and Marcos Rangel, Duke University) and Dr. Jennifer Godwin (Duke University).