Amy Dunford

Research Project Assistant
Areas of Expertise: 

Data Collection and Analysis, Gender Policy, Housing Policy, Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Policy, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Social Policy, Work and Income Support Programs (TANF, Paid Family Leave, Sick Leave)


Amy Dunford is a research project assistant at the Heldrich Center where she focuses on program evaluation, workforce development policy, welfare policy, and income support programs. Currently, she is working on an evaluation to strengthen the employment and training components of WorkFirst New Jersey. Amy’s experience has focused on social and gender policy and economic and workplace protections, through internships, fellowships, and research positions. Most recently, she worked on a research project evaluating a long-term supportive housing program for domestic violence survivors and provided recommendations to direct service providers. In addition, Amy conducted research and analysis of New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Program as a fellow at New Jersey Policy Perspective where the findings are being used to expand current legislation. A California native, Amy holds a B.A. in Sociology from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.