Lauren Rich

Senior Researcher

Dr. Lauren Rich is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall. Her primary interest is in conducting research that supports schools in fostering the healthy cognitive, social, and physical development of low-income children and youth. She recently studied the effect of restorative justice practices on suspensions and disciplinary infractions in Chicago high schools. Currently, she is Principal Investigator for two studies: one focused on the impact of school-based health centers on student academic outcomes in Chicago and another focused on student outcomes associated with an initiative in Baltimore that offered extracurricular activities, health services, and social supports to middle school students and their families. Rich also currently collaborates with University of Chicago faculty members on two projects that relate to healthy youth development. The first project, a collaboration with Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer of the Department of Comparative Human Development, develops and validates a measure of teachers’ perceptions of their middle school students to understand how these perceptions relate to student outcomes. The second project, in collaboration with Dr. Waldo Johnson of the School of Social Service Administration, examines the ways in which African American fathers and sons communicate about safety and avoiding community violence, with the ultimate goal of developing a curriculum to promote effective father-son communication.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Rich was an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focused on the impacts of welfare reform and child support enforcement policies on low-income populations, teen childbearing, and the economic and educational status of teen mothers and noncustodial fathers.

Rich holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bachelor’s degrees in Systems Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

PhD in Economics, University of Michigan

Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor’s degrees in Systems Engineering and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Rich, L. (2017, November). It takes a village to raise a standardized test score. Roundtable at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Kohm, A., Baker, S., & Rich, L. (2016, April). Lessons from Chicago: The role of lead community-based agencies in Elev8. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

D’Angelo, A. V., & Rich, L. (2011, April). Echarle ganas: The role of parental aspirations and educational involvement in the academic achievement of Latino adolescents. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Spielberger, J., & Rich, L. (2011, April). Race/ethnicity, immigrant status, and school readiness among children of low-income mothers. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Spielberger, J., & Rich, L. (2010, January). Supporting low-income families with young children: A longitudinal study of service use in Palm Beach County, FL. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Spielberger, J., & Rich, L. (2008, November). Engaging and supporting new parents: A longitudinal study of service use in Palm Beach County, FL. Paper presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Rich, L., & Berry, V. (2004, April). The challenges of making interventions “evaluable.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Tampa Bay, FL.

Rich, L., Garfinkel, I., & Gao, Q. (2003, April). Child support enforcement policy and unmarried fathers’ participation in the regular and underground economies. Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC.

Rich, L., Garfinkel, I., & Gao, Q. (2003, April). Child support enforcement policy and unmarried fathers’ participation in the regular and underground economies. Paper presented at the Population Association of America Annual Meetings, Minneapolis, MN.

Little, M., Rich, L., & Dansokho, S. (2002, September). The impact of residential education on child and adolescent development. Paper presented at the European Scientific Association for Residential and Foster Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF), Trondheim, Norway.

Rich, L., & Sinkewicz, M. (2002, April). Income packaging among unwed fathers. Poster presented at the Population Association of America Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA.

Rich, L., & Kim, S. (2001, June). Intensity of employment and the sexual and fertility behavior of female adolescents. Paper presented at the Institute for Research on Poverty Summer Research Workshop, Madison, WI.

Rich, L. (2001, May). Crime, informal employment, and the labor force participation of young men. Paper presented at the Extending Opportunities Project Conference of the National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership, Washington, DC.

Rich, L., & Lee, S. (2000, November). Welfare benefit levels, education policies, and enrollment among teen mothers. Poster session presented at the Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Seattle, WA.

Rich, L., Garfinkel, I., & McLanahan, S. (2000, June). Labor market conditions, employment status, and the likelihood of cohabitation among new parents. Paper presented at the Conference on Families, Labor Markets, and the Well-Being of Children, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Rich, L., & Lee, S. (2000, January). The impact of social supports and social policies on later life enrollment among teen mothers. Poster presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Social Work and Research, Charleston, SC.

Rich, L., & Garfinkel, I. (1999, June). The employment and income status of unmarried fathers: Implications for child support policies? Paper presented at the Institute for Research on Poverty Workshop on Fragile Families and Welfare Reform, Madison, WI.

Rich, L. (1998, September). Self-employment among unmarried fathers: Implications for child support enforcement policies. Paper presented at the OECD/CERF/CILN International Conference on Self-Employment, Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

Johnson, Jr., W. E., Rich, L., & Keene, L. C. (2016). Father-son communication: An intervention strategy for boys and men of color to promote neighborhood safety post-Ferguson. Journal of Men’s Studies, 24, 130-150.

Rich, L., Spielberger, J., & D’Angelo, A. V. (2012). School readiness among the children of black immigrants in Palm Beach County, FL. In M. Fix & R. Capps (Eds.), Young children of Black immigrants in America: Changing flows, changing faces (pp. 229-263). Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Wulczyn, F., Rich, L., & Chen, L. (2011). Measuring and understanding placement mobility: A cross-state comparison of outcomes for children in foster care. Seattle, WA: Partners for Our Children.

Rich, L. (2008). Teen pregnancy and parenting. In V. Parrillo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social problems (pp. 922-924). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Rich, L., Garfinkel, I., & Gao, Q. (2007). Child support enforcement policy and unmarried fathers’ participation in the regular and underground economies. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 26(4), 791-810.

Rich, L., & Kim, S. (2002). Employment and the sexual and fertility behavior of female adolescents. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 34(3), 127-34.

Rich, L. (2001). Regular and irregular earnings of unwed fathers: Implications for child support practices. Children and Youth Services Review, 23(4/5), 347-71.

Rich, L., & Schwartz, I. M. (1999). A rising tide does not raise all boats: Welfare reform in the city of Philadelphia. Ohio State University Law Journal, 60(4), 1423-1442.

Rich, L., & Kim, S. (1999). Patterns of later life education among teenage mothers. Gender and Society, 13(6), 798-817.

Rich, L. (1999). Family welfare receipt, welfare benefit levels, and the schooling and employment status of male youth. Social Science Research, 28, 88-109.

Rich, L. (1996). The long-run impact of teenage work experience: A reexamination. The Review of Black Political Economy, 25(2), 11-26.

Key Work

Key Work

Report
School-Based Health Centers Can Be Sustained Through Collaboration and Careful Site Selection
School-based health centers have had positive results, but operational challenges. This report describes the challenges and how they can be addressed.
2019
Report
Community Schools Positively Impact Student Outcomes
This report examines the effect of student and family use of out-of-school time, school-based health center, and family supports provided by the Elev8 Baltimore...
2018
Report
Restorative Justice Reduces Use of In-School Suspensions
Over the past two decades, policymakers, educators, and others have increasingly proposed restorative justice practices as an alternative to "zero tolerance"...
2017
Report
Elev8 Initiative Strategies Facilitate Successful Implementation of School-Based Health Centers
This report highlights the strategies and structures that the Elev8 initiative successfully employed to improve the working relationship between school-based...
2013
Report
For Children of Black Immigrant Mothers, Parental Literacy and Center-Based Childcare Improve School Readiness
As part of the Young Children in Black Immigrant Families initiative, Chapin Hall set out to examine the experiences, parenting practices, and characteristics...
2012
Report
Improving School Readiness through Parenting, Maternal Health, and Early Childhood Intervention
The most important factors for children’s development and school readiness are good birth outcomes, positive parenting practices, and access to high quality...
2012