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Teresa Eckrich Sommer

IPR Research Associate Professor

IPR Research Associate Professor

PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University, 1994

Contact: t-sommer@northwestern.edu

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Teresa Eckrich Sommer is a Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University. She studies the dual development of parents and children and the social mobility of families. Dr. Sommer is a leading scholar in the newly emerging two-generation research field which examines the implementation and impact of adding education and workforce development training programs for low-income parents to early childhood education services (e.g., Head Start) for children. She also studies the role of child and parent savings accounts in promoting college readiness and persistence across generations, two-generation programs and policies to support immigrant families, and family-centered approaches to improve the education and well-being of children whose parents have experienced incarceration. Dr. Sommer holds a MA and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.   

Read more about the Northwestern University Two-Generation Research Initiative here

Selected Publications

Articles

Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Sabol, T.J., Sommer, T.E., Chor, E., Cooperman, A.W., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., & Morris, A. (2019). Effects of a two-generation human capital program on low-income parents’ education, employment and psychological well-being. The Journal of Family Psychology. doi:10.1037/fam0000517

Sommer, T.E., Gomez, C.J., Yoshikawa, H., Sabol, T., Chor, E., Sanchez, A., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2018). Head Start, two-generation ESL services, and parent engagement. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.03.008

Sommer, T.E., Sabol, T.J., Chor, E., Schneider, W., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Small, M., King, C., & Yoshikawa, H. (2018). A two-generation human capital approach to anti-poverty policy. The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 4(3), 118-143. doi:10.7758/RSF.2018.4.3.07.                           

Sabol, T.J., Sommer, T.E., Glazier-Torgerson, A., & Busby, A. (2018). Family-centered approaches to improve scaled-up preschool initiatives. AERA Open Special Issue: Successfully Taking Preschool to Scale: Implications of Research for Policy and Practice.

Sommer, T.E., Sabol, T.J., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Small, M., Wilde, H., Brown, S., & Huang, Z.Y. (2017). Promoting parents’ social capital to increase children’s attendance in Head Start: Evidence from an experimental intervention. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 10(4), 732-766. doi:10.1080/19345747.2016.1258099

Sabol, T.J., Sommer, T.E., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., King, C., Kathawalla, U., Alamuddin, R., Gomez, C., & Ross, E.C. (2015). Parent’s persistence and certification in a two-generation education and training program. Children and Youth Services Review, 58, 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.08.012

Book Chapters and Invited Reports

Sommer T.E., Sabol, T., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., & King, C. (2019). Implementing career pathway training with a family focus: The two-generation approach of the Community Action Project of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In C. King & P.Y. Hong (Eds.), Pathways to careers in healthcare. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute Press. Submitted for publication.

Sommer, T.E., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Sama-Miller, E., Ross, C., & Baumgartner, S. (2018). Conceptual frameworks for intentional approaches to improving economic security and child well-being (OPRE Report No. 2018-03). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sama-Miller, E., Ross, C., Sommer, T.E., Baumgartner, S., Roberts, L., & Chase-Lansdale, P.L. (2017). Exploration of integrated approaches to supporting child development and improving family economic security (OPRE Report No. 2017-84). Washington, DC: Office of Planning Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sommer, T.E., Sabol, T. J., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2016). Two-generation education programs for parents and children. In S. Jones & N. Lesaux & S. M. Jones (Eds.), The leading edge of early childhood education: Linking science to policy for a new generation. Boston, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Yoshikawa, H., Nieto, A.M., Sommer, T.E., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Weisner, T.S., & Senders, O. (2016). Money, time and peers in antipoverty programs for low-income families. In C.S. Tamis-LeMonda and L. Balter (Eds.), Child psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.

Policy Briefs

Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Sabol, T.J., Sommer, T.E., Chor, E., Cooperman, A.W., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., King, C., & Morris, A. (2019). What are the effects of a two-generation human capital program on low-income parents’ education, employment and psychological well-being? (Two-Generation Programs: Policy Brief I). Washington, DC: Ascend at the Aspen Institute.

Sabol, T.J., Chor, E., Sommer, T.E., Chase-Lansdale, P.L., Morris, A., Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., King, C., & Guminski, S. (2019). What are the effects of a two-generation human capital program on children’s outcomes in Head Start? (Two-Generation Programs: Policy Brief II). Washington, DC: Ascend at the Aspen Institute. 

Sommer, T.E., Schneider, W., Chor, E., Sabol, T.J., Chase-Lansdale, P.L, Brooks-Gunn, J., Yoshikawa, H., Morris, A., & King, C. (2019). What are the effects of a two-generation human capital program on children’s attendance and chronic absence in Head Start? (Two-Generation Programs: Policy Brief III). Washington, DC: Ascend at the Aspen Institute.