William T. Grant Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Margaret BurchinalThe William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce that Margaret R. Burchinal will join its Board of Trustees when it meets later this month.

Dr. Burchinal is a senior scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute, where she directs its Data Management and Statistics Unit. She also serves as a research professor in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine.

Her work in applied statistics involves using methodologies such as meta-analysis, fixed-effect modeling, and hierarchical linear modeling to advance studies of early childhood, child care, and educational issues. She has used this expertise in her capacity as a member of review panels for the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development’s Special Emphasis Review Committee, and the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children. In addition, Dr. Burchinal has helped to advance the fields of both statistics and educational research in her work on the Advisory Board for the National Center for Educational Statistics, the Advisory Council for Head Start Research, the Advisory Board for Research Bureau of the Maternal and Child Health, the Technical Work Group for Early Reading First Evaluation, the Advisory Board for the Los Angeles Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program, and the Technical Work Group for Early Reading First Evaluation and Family and Child Experiences Survey.

Dr. Burchinal earned her doctorate in Quantitative Psychology from the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her career, she has written numerous papers and chapters as well as two books.

“We are ecstatic that Peg Burchinal will be joining our Board. She brings a wealth of methodological expertise that will enrich our discussions. I expect that Peg will contribute to our understanding of applied statistics and our evaluation of research proposals,” said Robert C. Granger, President of the William T. Grant Foundation.