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Cagla Giray

Policy Associate, Research-to-Policy Collaboration


Cagla Giray received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) from the University of Illinois and her B.A. in Psychology from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Her interests reside at the interface of applied developmental psychology and international development, with a focus on the promotion of child and family well-being and resilience. Cagla has substantial experience in interdisciplinary research and implementation across diverse country settings (United States, Turkey, Jamaica & South Africa). Cagla has collaborated with academic institutions, local and governmental stakeholders, non-profit (Save the Children) and international development (World Bank) organizations supporting humanitarian programs across the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Central Asia. Cagla began working with the Research-to-Policy team in March 2019 as a Policy Associate and Post-Doctoral Policy Scholar. In her work, Cagla supports congressional outreach via periodic meetings with congressional staffers, responding to legislative requests on child and family policy issues, connecting researchers and policymakers through in-person meetings on Capitol Hill, and provides policy training, guidance, and coaching to researchers. 

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