Robert C. Carr

Research Scientist

Robert C. Carr is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy working on the NICHD-funded project Factors in Persistence Versus Fadeout of Early Childhood Intervention Impacts. His research broadly considers how early childhood programs and public policies influence children’s development of academic and social-behavioral skills, focusing on the effects of state-funded pre-kindergarten and Head Start preschool programming.

Carr completed a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in applied developmental science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked as a graduate research assistant at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. As a doctoral student, Carr participated in pre-doctoral training programs with the Center for Developmental Science (Carolina Consortium on Human Development) and the Society for Research in Child Development (State Policy Scholars Program in Early Learning). His dissertation research was supported by a Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant from the U.S. Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.


  • Ph.D., Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Teaching and Learning, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Communication, University of California, San Diego