Senior Scientist and the Associate Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller for School of Social Policy and Management
Pamela Joshi is a Senior Scientist and the Associate Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller for School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She serves as the Policy Research Director of diversitydatakids.org, a public data project that monitors children’s equitable access to resources and evaluates the effectiveness of social policies that support well-being. Joshi is also the Principal Investigator of the Massachusetts Child Care Research Partnership, which evaluates improvements to the state child care subsidy system.
Her research considers how families’ economic security and the quality of parents’ jobs affect children’s well-being. Using her peer-reviewed Policy Equity Assessment framework, Joshi is leading efforts to identify how policy design and implementation can reduce racial/ethnic inequities, become more inclusive of immigrant families and reduce administrative burden. She recently served as a senior advisor on racial equity at HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and currently serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s consensus study on the Causes and Consequences of the Child Opportunity Gap. Joshi received her PhD in social welfare policy from Brandeis University and her Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Brandeis, she was a Research Scientist at RTI International and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.