Margaret (Peg) R. Burchinal

Research Professor


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1986
  • M.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1978
  • B.S., Iowa State University, 1976

Margaret R. Burchinal is a leading researcher and statistician in child care research, and a widely recognized applied statistician. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including Child Development, Developmental Psychology, American Psychologist, and Science. She currently leads one of the IES Early Childhood Network research studies and co-leads an adult follow-up of the Abecedarian Project and an OPRE study designed to manipulate different dimensions of quality (Variations in Quality Improvement). Dr. Burchinal has served as a lead statistician for landmark early education studies, including the Abecedarian Project, Cost, Quality and Outcomes Study, NICHD Study of Early Child and Youth Development, National Center for Early Development and Learning Pre-kindergarten Study, and the Educare Learning Network, and evaluations of state pre-kindergarten programs, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, and Head Start Designation Renewal System. Dr. Burchinal was a member of review panels for IES, NIH, and the Research Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She serves a board member for the W.T. Grant Foundation and AERA Research Board, and served on committees for the National Academy of Science and Head Start, and on the editorial boards for Child Development and Early Childhood Research Quarterly.