Dr. Tracy Vericker is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute. Focusing on policies and service systems to support vulnerable children and families, she specializes in survey and administrative data management and has lead several projects involving complex quantitative analyses. She currently directs the Welfare Rules Database project, collecting and reporting on TANF policies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dr. Vericker is also co-managing the Work Supports Strategies initiative, a state demonstration project and evaluation providing states with funding to create innovative ways to streamline access to work support programs, including SNAP, Medicaid and child care subsidies. She has managed multiple analyses using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies (ECLS), including in her dissertation where she examined the relationship between access to snack foods and beverages in school and child dietary behaviors. She has also used ECLS data to explore the link between food assistance programs and child weight. Before joining the Urban Institute in 2005, Dr. Vericker was a Presidential Management Fellow at USDA’s Food and Nutrition and Economic Research Services. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from The George Washington University in 2011.
My New Connections Experience
Fresh out of a PhD program in Public Policy and with a few years of experience in the food and nutrition policy world, the New Connections program was a perfect opportunity to expand on my dissertation research and interact with others with similar research interests.I work for a non-profit research organization where I have led and managed some research projects, but none have been my own from start to finish. The New Connections program is providing me with the opportunity to create my own research project. This freedom and flexibility will allow me to begin to establish my own research agenda.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator,
- Award Year: 2011, Healthy Eating Research
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Childhood Obesity
- Project Name: Examining the Impact of the Sale of Competitive Foods and Beverages in Schools on Adolescent Weight.