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Kate Westaby
Research Associate
Income and Benefits Policy Center
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • Kate Westaby is a research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She conducts mixed-methods and community-engaged research. Her research explores college opportunity, well-being, and dignity for young parents by building trusting and participatory, mixed-methods research partnerships with other young parents. She started the Young Parent Collective, a group of young and teen parents who research and advocate for issues related to young parenting. At Urban, Westaby primarily works on supporting access and persistence for parenting students in college. This includes partnering with the founding team members of the Student-Parent Action through Research Knowledge Collaborative.

    Westaby has worked as an evaluation researcher for more than a decade, evaluating programs in health and education. She received a BS in psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and an MS in applied psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Stout. She is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

    Research Areas
    Economic mobility and inequality
    Children and youth
    Health and health care
    Social safety net
    Student parents
    Transition-age youth
    Higher education
    Community engagement
    Maternal, child, and reproductive health
    Postsecondary education and training
    Social determinants of health
    Race, gender, class, and ethnicity
    Youth employment and training

    Outside Affiliations
    Young Parent Collective
    Founder and Director

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