Assistant Professor of Sociology | Sociology
Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
B.A., Mathematics and Economics
Handbook of the Life Course
2016. Pp. 515-539 in Handbook of the Life Course, 2nd Edition, Michael Shanahan, Monica Johnson, and Jeylan Mortimer eds., Springer Series.
Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Gottfried, Michael A., Robert Bozick, Ernest Rose, and Ravaris Moore.
2016. “Does career and technical education strengthen the STEM pipeline? Comparing students with and without disabilities.” Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 26(4), pp.232-244.
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance
Deke, John, Lisa Dragoset, and Ravaris Moore
2010. “Precision Gains from Publically Available School Proficiency Measures Compared to Study-Collected Test Scores in Education Cluster-Randomized Trials. NCEE 2010-4003.” National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Ward, Peter R., Mitchell D. Wong, Ravaris Moore, and Arash Naeim
2014. “Fall-related injuries in elderly cancer patients treated with neurotoxic chemotherapy: a retrospective cohort study.” Journal of Geriatric Oncology 5(1): 57-64.
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc, (M. Robin Dion, Alan Hershey, Heather Zaveri, Sarah Avellar, Debra Strong, Timothy Silman, and Ravaris Moore)
2008. Implementation of the Building Strong Families Program. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, no. 15 (2019): 7266-7271.
Brand, Jennie E., Ravaris Moore, Xi Song, and Yu Xie.
Children whose parents divorce tend to have worse educational outcomes than children whose parents stay married. However, not all children respond identically to their parents divorcing. We focus on how the impact of parental divorce on children’s education varies by how likely or unlikely divorce was for those parents. We find a significant negative effect of parental divorce on educational attainment, particularly college attendance and completion, among children whose parents were unlikely to divorce. Families expecting marital stability, unprepared for disruption, may experience considerable adjustment difficulties when divorce occurs, leading to negative outcomes for children. By contrast, we find no effect of parental divorce among children whose parents were likely to divorce. Children of high-risk marriages, who face many social disadvantages over childhood irrespective of parental marital status, may anticipate or otherwise accommodate to the dissolution of their parents’ marriage. Our results suggest that family disruption does not uniformly disrupt children’s attainment.view more
Brand, Jennie E., Ravaris Moore, Xi Song, and Yu Xie
Mechanisms explaining the negative effects of parental divorce on children’s attainment have long been conjectured and assessed. Yet few studies of parental divorce have carefully attended to the assumptions and methods necessary to estimate causal mediation effects. Applying a causal framework to linked U.S. panel data, we assess the degree to which parental divorce limits children’s education among whites and nonwhites and whether observed lower levels of educational attainment are explained by postdivorce family conditions and children’s skills. Our analyses yield three key findings. First, the negative effect of divorce on educational attainment, particularly college, is substantial for white children; by contrast, divorce does not lower the educational attainment of nonwhite children. Second, declines in family income explain as much as one- to two-thirds of the negative effect of parental divorce on white children’s education. Family instability also helps explain the effect, particularly when divorce occurs in early childhood. Children’s psychosocial skills explain about one-fifth of the effect, whereas children’s cognitive skills play a minimal role. Third, among nonwhites, the minimal total effect on education is explained by the offsetting influence of postdivorce declines in family income and stability alongside increases in children’s psychosocial and cognitive skills.view more