Research Specialist, Educational Psychology and InCHIP (Affiliate)
I am interested in poverty-related issues and how applied research (especially via community partnerships) can inform policies and practices. I have conducted quantitative and qualitative applied research projects in the not-for-profit and academic sectors, focusing on social justice and poverty-related issues. I have recently begun working on school and child health related projects, specifically the NEEDs2 survey research project (looking at if and how social, emotional, and behavioral screeners are being used in schools), a project managed by InCHIP. Previously, I have conducted research for the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy (on affordable and fair housing), the University of Connecticut Center for Survey Research and Analysis (managing numerous survey projects for not-for-profits), and the Center for Impact Research in Chicago (where I managed several research projects looking at issues facing pregnant and parenting teens).
2004, M.A. in Survey Research, University of Connecticut
2000, MPP, concentration in poverty and inequality, University of Chicago
1992, B.A. in Theology, University of Notre Dame
State of Connecticut Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Update. (State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, 2006), jointly with Christopher E. Barnes, Katie Stargardter, Jennifer Basal, Seth Brohinsky, and Erin Kemple.
Prepped for Success? Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Chicago Schools. (Center for Impact Research, 2003).
No Place to Grow: The Unsafe and Unstable Housing Conditions of Illinois Pregnant and Parenting Youth and their Children. (Center for Impact Research, 2003).
Accessing TANF Benefits: A Survey of Low-income Young Mothers in Chicago. (Center for Impact Research, 2002), jointly with Deborah L. Shapiro.
Knocking on the Door: Barriers to Welfare and Other Assistance for Teen Parents. A Three-City Research Study. (Center for Impact Research, 2002), jointly with Deborah L. Shapiro.
Helping with Domestic Violence: Legal Barriers to Serving Teens in Illinois. (Center for Impact Research, 2000), jointly with Monica M. Martinez.
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