Natasha Pilkauskas is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Columbia Population Research Center, in which role she studies the effects of the Great Recession on families and children. Her research focuses on the wellbeing of low-income families and children, as well as public and private support of those families. Her dissertation research focused on three-generation family households and the wellbeing of children in these households. She previously served as a policy analyst studying various social policy programs, and as a political analyst. Dr. Pilkauskas earned her master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and her PhD in Social Welfare from the Columbia School of Social Work (2012), with a concentration in social policy and policy analysis.