Ms. Sarah Nadiv

Ms. Sarah Nadiv is a Senior Research Associate at IMPAQ providing expertise in the infant and early childhood field. Ms. Nadiv works across sectors with the goal of evaluating and strengthening all of the systems that support young children and their families.


Ms. Nadiv strives to have research drive policy and practice and as such, she has extensive experience with community-based participatory research and utilization-focused evaluation. She uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. In addition, she has created a number of data sharing systems, which track individual child data for longitudinal research purposes. She has developed both in-person and online professional development modules for practitioners, policymakers, and families. Ms. Nadiv has provided clinical services to children and families in outpatient mental health clinics and Head Start.


Ms. Nadiv has worked with a range of clients to conduct and manage research and evaluation of complex policies and programs.  Ms. Nadiv has led large grants from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Nadiv was the Director of the Harvard Center for the Developing Child funded Early Identification of Risk Consortium, which used findings from a national sample of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screening data along with well-validated child social-emotional development and parental stress measures to assess the robustness, reliability, and sensitivity of the ACE tools. Ms. Nadiv has conducted research studies on behalf of Johns Hopkins University, Florida State University, and Georgetown University. In addition, for more than a decade, she worked with the State of Maryland to research, evaluate, and translate findings into policy recommendations, and to provide technical assistance and create professional development trainings.  

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Ms. Nadiv was the Infant and Early Childhood Director at The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at The University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She was a consultant to The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Development focusing on the implementation and evaluation of programs that support young children’s social-emotional development. She provided training and technical assistance to a number of states, municipalities, and programs on issues related to infant and early childhood mental health.  In addition, Ms. Nadiv was the Project Director for the SAMHSA funded System of Care Grant exploring innovative financing mechanisms for infant and early childhood mental health providers.


Ms. Nadiv holds an MSW from The University of Maryland, School of Social Work and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Towson University. She earned a post graduate certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health from The University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

Previous Presentations

Nadiv, S., Hall, A. & Candelaria, M. (2017, March). Administering the Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening in Pediatric Practices: Feasibility and Findings. Conference presentation at the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.   

Gilliam, W., Nadiv, S., Perry, D.F., Edge, N. (2016, July). Innovations in Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Invited presentation at the National Early Childhood Research Conference, Washington, D.C. 

Nadiv, S., Mackrain, M. (2016, April). Trauma Informed Approach to Pyramid Model PracticesInvited presentation at the Addressing Challenging Behaviors National Training Institutes, St. Petersburg, FL. 

Perry, D.F., Edge, N. & Nadiv, S. (2016, March). Longitudinal Effects of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services on School Readiness.  Conference presentation at the Zero to Three National Training Institute, Seattle, WA. 

Nadiv, S., Candelaria, M., Martoccio, T. & Harburger, D.S. (2016). Kindergarten Readiness in Baltimore City: The Role of Early Care and Education, Barriers to Success, and Levers for Change. Baltimore, MD: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work.