Hilary A (Abbie) Raikes, PhD

Associate Professor

Director of Global Early Childhood Development
Department of Health Promotion
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center

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Research interests

Trained in both developmental psychology and public health, my work focuses on early childhood development in high-risk contexts.  The long-term goal of my work is to improve policies and practices for young children, by producing reliable, relevant evidence on early childhood development to inform policy development.  My work integrates developmental science with epidemiological methods to measure children’s development across populations.  Because early childhood development is reflective of many environmental and biological inputs, I also work across sectors, with public health and education as my two primary points of connection.

Most recently, I have been leading a large-scale project in partnership with World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO and Brookings Institution, to facilitate measurement of children’s learning at the start of school, called Measuring Early Learning Quality and Outcomes (MELQO).

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