Alejandra Ros Pilarz

Credentials: PhD, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2015; MA, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2010; BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2006

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: (608) 265-8269

307 School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae
Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Alejandra Ros Pilarz

Alejandra Ros Pilarz’s research examines how parental employment, child care, and early education experiences contribute to young children’s development. She is particularly interested in understanding these questions in the context of economic disadvantage, and in the role of public policies in supporting low-income parents and their children’s development.

In one line of current research, Dr. Pilarz examines how parental employment characteristics, such as nonstandard and inflexible work schedules, are associated with young children’s cognitive and socioemotional outcomes. This research also examines potential mediating mechanisms of these associations, including parental well-being, parenting, and children’s participation in child care and early education programs. Another line of her current research focuses on understanding child care and early education programs’ strategies for engaging families—including what practices programs and teachers use to communicate with, involve, and support families—and the effectiveness of these strategies for promoting young children’s academic and socioemotional development. Dr. Pilarz primarily conducts quantitative analyses of longitudinal, administrative and survey data, but is also experienced in mixed methods research and qualitative data collection and analysis.