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Peggy Nygren
Peggy Nygren

 

Peggy is currently a co-principal investigator and senior research associate on a number of early childhood related projects at the Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work, at Portland State University (PSU). She completed her PhD at PSU in Social Work and Social Research in 2013.  During her program, Peggy was awarded a research fellowship from the Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood (QIC-EC), Center for the Study of social Policy (CSSP), to examine the role of multi-level predictors on well-being outcomes for families receiving Healthy Families - Oregon (HF-O) home visitation services.  Before relocating to the NW in 1998, Peggy received her BA and MA degrees in psychology, studying on the East Coast.  She was a community based researcher at the Yale Child Study Center, in New Haven CT, focusing on prevention/intervention projects with a focus on improving outcomes for children and adolescents.  After relocating to Oregon, Peggy spent a decade managing several large Federal grants at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)- Evidence-based Practice Center.  As a consultant in Oregon, she has guided local organizations in developing protocols for community needs’ and kindergarten readiness evaluations, understanding early childhood program links to healthy families, and understanding the role of multiple risk and protective factors in child maltreatment. Research interests include these areas as well as efficacy and implementation of prevention and intervention programs that benefit youth, families, and communities. Community volunteer involvement includes the Portland Children’s Levy, Prevent Child Abuse- Oregon, and the Oregon Food Bank.  In her spare time, Peggy enjoys creative projects and spending time with her family.