Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Gassman-Pines is a community and developmental psychologist whose research focuses on family context factors that influence low-income children’s development. She has conducted research examining how low-wage work environments, community-wide job losses, and social policies affect poor families in the U.S. She was formerly a community representative to the Philadelphia Prekindergarten Head Start Parent Policy Council and has collaborated with state and local social services policymakers in North Carolina.
Shows that low-income children’s academic achievement test scores vary depending on the amount of time that has elapsed since their families received SNAP. Test scores are highest about three weeks after SNAP transfer.
Shows that workplace discrimination doesn’t only harm Mexican immigrants, it harms their families too. On days when Mexican immigrants perceived discrimination on the job, they felt more depressed, angry and anxious, and their children had more behavior problems.
Argues that local economic downturns should be thought of as community-wide events that affect all children in a community, not just those whose parents have lost jobs.
Shows that statewide job losses worsen the mental health of adolescents, particularly girls and African Americans.