Research/Areas of Interest:

child development; research practice partnerships; prosocial development; children's caregiving for family; school policies educational success


  • Ph.D, Stanford University, United States, 2022
  • BA, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States, 2016


Emma is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. She is a developmental psychologist with interdisciplinary training in education policy and data science. She researches children's and adolescents' experiences helping and caregiving for family - and how these experiences relate to their wellbeing and school success.

Emma earned her Ph.D from Stanford University in 2022, where she was also a fellow in the Stanford Data Science Initiative and Center for Education Policy Analysis. She completed two postdocs at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Her research has shown that youths' experiences supporting the family can either exacerbate or mitigate academic challenges in homes with different family circumstances (e.g., disability, chronic illness), socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultural backgrounds.

Emma conducts research that is interdisciplinary and integrative, and partners directly with schools and states to improve policies to support children who are caregivers for their families. Her work informs the design of school- and government-based policies that support children's wellbeing and educational success. Read more at