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Elizabeth Pungello Bruno, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Pungello Bruno is president of the Brady Education Foundation, whose mission is to close the opportunity/achievement gap for children living in low-resourced and under-represented communities. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration between researchers and educators via the funding of program development and program evaluations in education. Currently, the Foundation is particularly focused on the development and evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective, and sustainable. Elizabeth is also a research associate professor in the Developmental Psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to shifting her primary professional efforts to the Foundation, Elizabeth was a scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her main research focus was on early care and education environments and school readiness skills of children living in low-resourced and under-represented communities, funded by grants from private foundations (Buffett Early Childhood Fund) and government agencies (e.g., National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). More specifically, her work included the investigation of the long-term outcomes of the Abecedarian Project (an early educational intervention for children at high risk for poor cognitive and academic outcomes); the exploration of the associations among race, income, parenting, childcare quality, and language development and school readiness; and the investigation of factors that influence why and how parents search for and select child care. In addition, she led the initial phases of the FPG Infant-Toddler Initiative and served on the NonBiomedical Institutional Review Board at UNC-CH for over a decade. Dr. Bruno currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marriage and Family and Early Childhood Research Quarterly, a reviewer for a number of other child-development journals, the Frank Porter Graham Executive Leadership Board, as well as on a number of other nonprofit boards. Elizabeth received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has published several articles on early education environments, family circumstances, and child outcomes.

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