Gail Zellman
Senior Research Psychologist


  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Parent involvement

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 to meet children’s needs and enhance parents’ abilities to help their children. 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 doctorate in social and clinical psychology from UCLA.