Deborah A. Phillips, Ph.D.

Deborah Phillips is Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty in the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.

She was the first Executive Director of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine and served as Study Director for the Board’s report: From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Child Development.

She has also served as President of the Foundation for Child Development, Director of Child Care Information Services at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Congressional Science Fellow (Society for Research in Child Development) on the staff of Congressman George Miller.

Her research focuses on the developmental effects of early childhood programs for both typically developing children and those with special needs, including research on child care, Head Start, and pre-Kindergarten programs.

Her most recent work has involved evaluating the Tulsa, OK school-based preschool program, including impacts on children with special needs and an 8th grade follow-up, and designing a preschool intervention that integrates a focus on self-regulation and early math development.

An additional line of research examines the adult work environment of early childhood care and education settings as it affects the stability and quality of care for children.

She also devotes substantial time to activities that translate scientific evidence on early childhood education for policymakers and other applied audiences.

Dr. Phillips currently serves on the National Board for Education Sciences for the U.S. Department of Education.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.

In 2011, she received the Distinguished Contributions to Education in Child Development Award from the Society for Research in Child Development.