Caitlin Lombardi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research examines contextual influences on the development of children’s health and wellbeing. The overarching goal of this research is to understand how policy can best promote young children’s development. To this end, my work integrates the goals of policy research with the theoretical frameworks and methodologies of developmental psychology. My current research program examines the contexts of parental employment, family economics, early childhood education, and parenting investments.

A theme that cuts across all areas of my research is an applied focus with an explicit goal of drawing implications for policy and practice. Following my undergraduate education, I spent four years working on health, education, and social policy in the U.S. Senate. During this time, I developed a strong understanding of the mechanisms behind policy change and an interest in research that informs policy. Graduate and postdoctoral training in developmental psychology has given me an interdisciplinary approach to studying child development that integrates psychological theories with sociological and economic perspectives. Underlying my research is a secondary interest in developmental methodology and statistics. I have pursued advanced training in research methods and statistics which has allowed me to implement rigorous methodological and statistical approaches in my work.


Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, 2013, Boston College
B.A. in Psychology and English, 2004, The University of Vermont

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressHDFS Department
348 Mansfield Road, U-1058
Storrs, CT06269-1058