Maureen Coffey joins IWPR as a research associate on the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI). She will work on two-generation approaches to promoting women’s education and workforce equity. Her research interests are centered around understanding and supporting the economic needs of families.
Prior to IWPR, Maureen worked on the Study of Early Education through Partnerships (SEE-Partnerships) at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. Her work at the University of Virginia focused on access to high-quality early education, specifically studying the early childhood workforce. Additionally, Maureen’s past research experience with the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) examined the relationship between family economic stability and child well-being. The project connected recent high interest policies, such as the Child Tax Credit and universal child care, to decreases in child maltreatment among the youngest and most vulnerable children. Maureen has a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Batten School at the University of Virginia and received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College with Honors in Economics and a secondary major in politics.