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 interested in several strands of research in the following areas: policymakers’ use of research in policy creation, specifically regarding families in poverty; best practices related to youth programs, including program development, management, and evaluation; college and its effects on students, specifically first-generation students; and civic engagement behaviors developed in late adolescence and early adulthood and their impact on political participation later in life.

Education and Relevant Experience

She received 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 now a graduate student in Human Development and Family Studies with interests in policymaking, program development and evaluation, and civic engagement. Her advisors are Dr. Karen Bogenschneider and Dr. Sarah Halpern Meekin. As a graduate student, she has worked off campus 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 and as a Teaching Assistant for the courses Family Perspectives in Policymaking and Consuming Happiness. She is currently Project Assistant for the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) initiative, directed by Christine Whelan. She recently received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). She is also a mentor for teen girls through Forward Learning Youth and Young Adults (FLYY).


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.

Parrott, E. & Taub, A. (2014). Findings from the 32nd Wisconsin family impact seminar: Fact sheet. Madison, WI: 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.

The only Family Policy textbook with an accompanying instructor’s manual: includes 16 chapter outlines and 16 lesson plans that include suggested weekly readings, discussion questions and instructor insights, 75 audio and 50 video resources, and 33 classroom activities and accompanying student handouts. The manual is available to instructors in a web-based, fully editable, format in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the teaching process.

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.


2016 School of Human Ecology Graduate Assistant Award (Research)