Meet the team

alissa-goodman-2 Alissa Goodman, Study Director

Alissa is the Director of the National Child Development Study (NCDS). She’s responsible for all the big decisions about the study, in particular working with the scientific community to decide what topics we cover at every visit.

Alissa is a Professor of Economics, and her research interests are focused on inequality, poverty, education policy, and health and wellbeing.






George Ploubidis, Interim Study Director

George is a Professor of Population Health and Statistics, and his research interests are focused on inequality, poverty, healthy behaviours and lifestyles, and mental health.








andrew-brown-1George Andrew, Cohort Maintenance Officer

George is the person responsible for keeping your contact details safe and up-to-date. He’s also part of the team that responds when study members contact us with a query.








matthew-brown-1Matt Brown, Survey Manager

Matt is responsible for developing the questionnaires that we use to collect information about your lives. He also oversees the agencies who carry out the surveys and manage the interviewers.








meghan-rainsberry-1Meghan Rainsberry, Communications Manager

Meghan is responsible for providing NCDS members with information about the study. She puts together the mailings we send you every year, and keeps the website up to date.








The wider team

While you’ll probably hear from Alissa, George, Matt and Meghan the most, there’s a whole team of people working on NCDS. Managing a study this big requires many different jobs – our team is made up of researchers, survey specialists, data managers, administrators and communications staff.

Alissa works with David and Gabriella to oversee the study and decide what questions to ask you about your lives.

Matt works with Lisa and Jenny to put together the questions we ask you and the information we send you at each visit.

George works with Denise, Mary, Robert and Gearoid to make sure that your address and other contact information is secure and up to date, so we know how to get in touch with you. And Maggie and Joe take care of the information about your lives that you give us at each visit.

But the most important members of the study are you! We wouldn’t be able to do our work without you.