Gail L. Zellman

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Senior Research Psychologist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in social and clinical psychology, M.A. in social psychology, B.A. in psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

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Gail L. Zellman is a senior research psychologist at the RAND Corporation with years of experience conducting and leading research on child and youth policy. Her research interests include measurement of child care quality, parent school involvement, child abuse, and prenatal substance exposure. She is particularly interested in the contributions of parents and parenting behaviors to child health, emotional development, and academic outcomes. Zellman has also focused research attention on efforts made by other institutions, e.g., schools and health care providers, to meet children's needs and enhance parents' abilities to help their children. Her work has included analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as survey design and analysis. Zellman is principal investigator of a longitudinal evaluation of a child care Quality Rating System developed by Qualistar, a Colorado-based child care agency. That work has carefully analyzed a number of frequently used measures of child care quality, developed and preliminarily tested a new quality measure, and has led to the establishment of a consortium to develop better early child care and education quality rating improvement systems. Zellman received her Ph.D. in social and clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Recent Projects

  • Measuring child care quality
  • Public-sector accountability systems
  • Social system change
  • Military child care
  • Education reform

Selected Publications

Dominic J. Brewer et al., Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND Corporation (MG-548), 2007

Vi-Nhuan Le et al., "Measuring Child-Staff Ratios in Child Care Centers: Balancing Effort and Representativeness," Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21(3), 2006

Joy S. Moini et al., Providing Child Care to Military Families: The Role of the Demand Formula in Defining Need and Informing Policy, RAND Corporation (MG-387), 2006

Michal Perlman et al., "Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R)," Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 19(3), 2004

D. Hoffman et al., "Cryopreserved Embryos in the United States and Their Availability for Research," Fertility and Sterility, 79(5), 2003

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


  • Elementary students raising their hands in class

    A Comprehensive Approach to Early Education

    A relatively new approach to improving long-term educational outcomes, called “preschool to third grade,” or P-3, focuses on the youngest students. Hawaii's recent initiative has been successful at raising third-grade reading scores.

    Nov 23, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • Private Sector: Dealing with Office Romances

    Private Sector: Dealing with Office Romances, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    May 8, 2007 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette