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Elizabeth Hentschel, PhD, MSc

Postdoctoral Associate in the Child Study Center

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Elizabeth Hentschel, PhD, MSc



Elizabeth Hentschel is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center. At Yale, Elizabeth works in a collaboration between Yale Medical School, the Free University of Berlin, and Save the Children on the cross-cultural validation of The Remote Assessment of Learning (ReAL) in the occupied Palestinian territories, Mozambique, El Salvador, the Philippines, Cambodia, Sudan, and Niger. She holds a PhD in Global Health and Population with a specific focus on applied statistical analysis in the field of Early Child Development (ECD) from Harvard University. Before beginning her PhD, Elizabeth completed her Masters in Global Health at Harvard and her Bachelors in Science from the University of Michigan. Previously, Elizabeth has worked on maternal and child health-related research projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Vietnam, India, and Pakistan. With a specific focus on ECD in low- and middle-income contexts (LMICs), Elizabeth utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate and develop techniques to better understand measurement pathways that influence children’s early development. Most recently, Elizabeth has consulted for the World Bank’s Early Childhood Development team to help develop a strategy for how to guide World Bank Group investments in early childhood education (ECE) and how to engage in policy discussions around ECE in Pakistan. She also has consulted for the World Health Organization (WHO) where she developed two evidence-informed, universal measures for assessing responsive care and early learning to be used for both monitoring and evaluation, and training, and UNICEF where she provided guidance on developing a survey module that captures responsive caregiving to be incorporated into the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). She is deeply interested in psychometric measurement, program evaluation, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Harvard University, Global Health and Population (2024)
  • MSc
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Global Health and Population (2020)
  • BSc
    University of Michigan, Biomolecular Science and International Studies (2018)

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