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Margaret Burchinal, PhD

Margaret Burchinal

Senior Scientist
FPG Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina


Margaret R. Burchinal is Senior Scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina. She has served as the primary statistician for many educational studies of early childhood, including the 11-state Pre-Kindergarten Evaluation for the National Center for Early Learning and Development, the longitudinal study of 1300 children in NICHD Study of Early Child Care; the 4 state evaluation of child care in the Cost, Quality, and Child Outcomes Study; the 3 site study of family child care homes in the Family Child Care and Relative Care Study, and the Abecedarian and CARE Projects.

Dr. Burchinal currently serves as a member of the National Academy of Science's Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children. She either has been or is serving 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. She also currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Child Development and Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Dr. Burchinal earned her B.S. in Psychology at Iowa State University in 1976, M.A. in Special Education at the University of North Carolina in 1978, and Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from L.L.Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina in 1986.