Emily Parrott

Graduate student Emily Parrott

Title/Department: Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies

Office Address: Nancy Nicholas Hall 4169

Email: emparrott@wisc.edu



Emily is a doctoral student in Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her scholarly work focuses on the college student experience as well as the long-term effects of college on financial well-being, familial relationships, and social mobility. In another strand of research, she examines the use of research and relationships in state-level policymaking, as well as best practices related to youth programs, including program development, management, and evaluation.

Education and Relevant Experience

Emily earned her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Ecology and her BA at Harvard College in Sociology. During that time, she directed afterschool and summer enrichment programs in the Chinatown and East Cambridge neighborhoods for a student-run nonprofit organization, the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). After graduating, she was the Harvard Club of Boston Nonprofit Management Fellow at PBHA. She then worked as Somerville Program Coordinator for The Center for Teen Empowerment, a leadership organization that hires high-risk teens as youth organizers to implement their vision for the community through performing arts and campaigns for social change.

She is a graduate student in Human Development and Family Studies with interests in first-generation college students, program development and evaluation, and policymaking. Her advisor is Dr. Sarah Halpern Meekin; for her master’s was also advised by Dr. Karen Bogenschneider. As a graduate student, she has worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and Briarpatch Youth Services, as well as on campus as a Project Assistant for the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars, Project Assistant at the the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) initiative, and as a Teaching Assistant for the courses Family Perspectives in Policymaking and Consuming Happiness. She recently received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). She has been a mentor for teen girls through Forward Learning Youth and Young Adults (FLYY).


Parrott, E. (2017). Building political participation: The role of family policy and political science courses. Journal of Political Science Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15512169.2017.1350862

Parrott, E. (2014). Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to work teens go!. Parenthetical Blog. Retrieved from: http://myparenthetical.com/off-to-work-teens-go/

Parrott, E. & Taub, A. (2014). Findings from the follow-up telephone survey with participants of the 32nd Wisconsin family impact seminar: The Science of Early Brain Development. Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars.

Bogenschneider K., Little, O., Parrott E., Seubert, J. (2014) Instructor’s Manual to accompany Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do. New York and London: Routledge, Taylor & Frances Group.

Johnson, K., Parrott, E. (2014). Risk factors of child abuse and neglect fatalities and promising practices for prevention. National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Johnson, K., Bogie, A., Russell, J., Rostoni N., Yager, S., Steiner, E., Maher, E., Pecora, P., Parrott, E., Fischer, S., Stellrecht, A., & Martin, R. (2014). Improving child safety and well-being in foster and relative placements. Madison, WI: National Council on Crime and Delinquency.


2017-2018 Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) Dissertation Research Fellowship

2016 School of Human Ecology (SOHE) Graduate Student Excellence in Research

2015 Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Outstanding Leadership and Service

2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorable Mention