Elizabeth Harris, PhD
Elizabeth Harris, PhD, joined NCCD as a senior researcher in 2017. In this position, Liz has served as the principal investigator for the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project and leads three research evaluations in San Diego. She also co-led the first Family First technical review to be accepted by the Administration on Children and Families.
Liz began her career in 1994 in nonprofit development, public relations, and strategic planning. In 2002, she joined the Community and Economic Development unit for the City of Alameda, California, where she was responsible for conducting and analyzing community needs assessments to inform the city’s allocation of community development funding. She later worked for five years with the City and County of San Francisco’s child welfare department as a senior data/research analyst. In that role, she helped lead an initiative to coach and support supervisors, managers, and executives in using data to plan, implement, and evaluate child welfare practice strategies and programs.
She has consulted and conducted research studies for the Bureau of Children’s Justice with the California Department of Justice and has published book chapters and academic articles about contemporary issues facing families in The Journal of Research in Gender Studies, Social Science Quarterly, and Sociology Compass.
Liz holds a PhD in sociology, with an emphasis on families and education, from Washington State University.
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