David Koch

Associate Researcher

David Koch is an Associate Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. At Chapin Hall, Koch supports quantitative data collection and analysis for a large-scale longitudinal study of toxic stress prevention initiatives in pediatric primary care settings. He also supports mixed-methods data collection and analysis for a post-occupancy evaluation of a multisite urban library renovation. For both studies, he creates data collection instruments aimed at maximizing validity and usability and is responsible for project management.

Before joining Chapin Hall, Koch worked at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting (BIP) Lab at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. At the BIP Lab, Koch was responsible for research design and data management for a large preschool-based randomized control trial intervention aimed at narrowing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic gaps in kindergarten readiness. Prior to that, he collected and analyzed mixed-methods data for an NIH-funded longitudinal study at the University of Michigan, examining the impact of parental substance abuse on child outcomes across the lifespan. Koch has also conducted research at a public policy agency supporting juvenile justice reform through legislative advocacy, and previously served as a user experience analyst at a Fortune 500 company. He has experience working with youth in a variety of capacities, including as an elementary school teacher and a juvenile probation officer.

Koch holds a Master of Social Work, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, from Michigan State University.

Master of Social Work, Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Michigan State University

Koch, D. W., Lee, J., & Lee, K. (2016). Coloring the War on Drugs: Arrest disparities in black, brown, and white. Race and Social Problems, 8(4), 313–325. doi:10.1007/s12552-016-9185-6