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Kristy Beachy-Quick, MPP

Kristy Beachy-Quick Research Associate

Contact information

Behavioral Sciences Building A104
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-5511

Areas of Interest: Early childhood and adolescent social policy, program evaluation, capacity building for non-profits, and child welfare.

Grand Challenges for Social Work: Ensure healthy development for all youth; Achieve equal opportunity and justice


Kristy Beachy-Quick is a senior level research associate with the Social Work Research Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago where she was an Irving B. Harris Fellow. She has 10 years of experience managing evaluation and applied research studies at the Social Work Research Center, the Erikson Institute in Chicago, and Omni Institute in Denver. Her work includes the evaluation of a statewide in-home parent education program for the Colorado Department of Human Services; a study of infant and toddler assessment in Head Start classrooms in Chicago; designing/implementing an evaluation training series for Boulder County nonprofits; heading a statewide evaluation capacity building project for Colorado Family Resource Centers. Kristy volunteers on the United Way of Larimer County’s Community Impact Committee and is an active board member for the Family Center/La Familia in Fort Collins.

Degree Information

Master of Public Policy, June 2003, University of Chicago
B.A., 1996, English and Religious Studies, University of Denver

Academic Appointments

2014 - present: Faculty Associate and Research Associate III, Social Work Research Center, School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
October 2004 - May 2008: Project Director: Early Childhood, “Ounce Scale Validation Project,” Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL
July 2003 - October 2004: Research Analyst, Applied Research Center, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Professional post-baccalaureate and post-master's social work experience

May 2008 - March 2014: Researcher II: Program Evaluation, OMNI Institute, Denver, CO
October 1999 - September 2001: Director, Hills Family Resource Center, Hills Elementary School, Hills, IA
October 1998 - October 1999: Coordinator, "Community for the Common Good", AmeriCorps VISTA, Johnson County, IA

Community service responsibilities and activities for the last 3 years

February 2015 – present: member of the Board of Directors for the Family Center/ La Familia in Fort Collins, CO
November 2013 – present: United Way of Larimer County Community Impact Committee Volunteer

Selected Publications

Meisels, S.J., Wen, X., and Beachy-Quick, K. (2010). Authentic Assessment for Infants and Toddlers: Exploring the Reliability and Validity of the Ounce Scale. Applied Developmental Science 14(2), 55-71.

Lippold, M.A., & Beachy-Quick, K. (2003). Unemployment and the quality of family life: hidden benefits and potential consequences of job loss for the middle class. Working Paper 03-14, Chicago, the Alfred P. Sloan Working Families Center.