Margaret R. Burchinal

Margaret R. Burchinal
Margaret R. Burchinal
Senior Research Scientist
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 247
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Margaret R. Burchinal, PhD, is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. She has been a leading researcher and statistician in child care research and a widely recognized applied statistician. She has authored or co-authored over 150 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Science. As a researcher, she has demonstrated that quality child care may be especially important in reducing racial and economic gaps at entry to school. As an applied methodologist, she has helped to demonstrate that sophisticated methods such as meta-analysis, fixed-effect modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, piecewise regression, and generalized estimating equations provide educational researchers with advanced techniques to address important educational issues. 

Dr. Burchinal has a long history of serving on research panels and reviewing for journals and for funding agencies. She has been a member of review panels for the Institute of Education Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and the Research Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children. She has served on the Advisory Board for the National Center for Educational Statistics, Advisory Council for Head Start Research, Advisory Board for Research Bureau of the Maternal and Child Health, Technical Work Group for Early Reading First Evaluation, Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program, and Technical Work Group for Early Reading First Evaluation and Family and Child Experiences Survey. She also currently serves on the Editorial Boards for Child Development and Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Academic Affiliation: Research Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Curriculum Vitae:
• PhD, Quantitative Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• MA, Special Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• BS, Psychology, Iowa State University