Our College and Career Pathways researcher team, within SRI’s Education Division, includes staff with diverse and broad experiences.


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Andrea Venezia, Ph.D., is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Director of College and Career Pathways Research at SRI International. Her work focuses on improving student readiness for, and success in, some form of postsecondary education and training, particularly for historically minoritized students. Read more.

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Miya Warner, Ph.D., evaluates the effects of education policies and reforms on student learning and educational equity. She is dedicated to understanding the causes and contexts of the current racial and socioeconomic disparities in educational outcomes and to assessing potential policy solutions. Read more.

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Kyra Caspary, Ph.D., researches the education pathways that support youth in realizing their career and life goals. Her areas of expertise include college and career pathways that integrate academic preparation with career technical education, STEM preparation and pathways, and development of the skills and dispositions youth need transition successfully to the workforce and postsecondary education. Read more.

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Deborah Jonas, Ph.D., leads research to improve academic outcomes and strengthen transitions across the education pipeline – from early childhood to elementary and from high school to college and careers. Her research has informed changes to community college placement policy, high school graduation policy, definitions of college and career readiness, and preschool program expansion. Read more.

CCP Researchers

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Meara Algama specializes in data management and analysis and programming in R & Python to extract, clean, process and analyze opportunities and connecting home, school, and community contexts. Read more.

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Kea Anderson, Ph.D., is a researcher and evaluator specializing in STEM learning. Her research interests are improving equity in and access to out-of-school learning opportunities and connecting home, school, and community contexts. Read more.

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Andrea Beesley, Ph.D., has expertise in conducting research and evaluation in education, as well as designing and developing instructional programs. She focuses on social-emotional aspects of learning, STEM learning, educator effectiveness, and rural education. Read more.

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Lauren Cassidy leads mixed methods studies of programs to improve teacher preparation and quality and college and career readiness initiatives. She has expertise in qualitative data collection and analysis and writing for diverse audiences. Read more.

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Satadbi Basu, Ph.D., conducts research in computer science education that spans the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of curricula, learning environments, assessments, and teacher professional development that foster computational competencies for K–12 students and teachers. Read more.

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Candice Benge is a mixed-methods researcher with expertise in school finance, California education policy, and educational equity. She is skilled at project management, instrument development, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and communicating research findings. Read more.

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Xavier Fields is a research associate with experience in both quantitative and qualitative education research on a spread of education topics, among them are school reform, STEM education, educational equity, and college and career pathway. Read more.

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Ron Fried is a senior instructional designer and education researcher in SRI Education. His focus is on the areas of science education, assessment, evaluation, curriculum design, digital and online learning, and video technology. Read more.

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Rebecca Griffiths, Ph.D., specializes in blending qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of technology-enhanced instruction in K-12 and postsecondary education. She also examines organizational and systemic facilitators and obstacles to adoption of digital learning. Read more.

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Julie Harris, Ph.D.., is a quantitative researcher who specializes in policy and program evaluations. Her primary areas of interest are college and career transitions, school choice, English learners, and educational equity. Harris has more than 10 years of experience using longitudinal student data sets, designing and implementing quantitative analyses, and collecting qualitative data. Read more.

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Cris Jimenez is and education research assistant at SRI. Read more.

Ela Joshi

Ela Joshi, Ph.D., is a mixed-methods researcher whose work examines how people interact with and within organizations. She is particularly interested in programs enhancing teacher effectiveness and teacher leadership as well as school reform efforts improving equity and access for students from socially significant populations. Read more.

Hannah Kelly

Hannah Kelly is an education research associate who works on a variety of projects in early learning, college and career pathways, language and literacy development, and teaching quality. Read more.

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Elise Levin-Guracar has experience with qualitative research methods with a focus on case studies. Her research interests include high school and college completion rates, teacher training, and mathematics education. Read more.

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Allison Milby is an education researcher experienced in K-12 and early childhood education landscapes. She has research expertise in teacher preparation and development, college and career readiness, and early childhood, and is skilled in data analysis, communications, instruction, and strategic planning. Read more.

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Jessica Mislevy, Ph.D., directs SRI’s Digital Learning & Technology Policy program, in which she studies highly innovative teaching and learning approaches that use advanced technology in the STEM disciplines. Read more.

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Lynn Newmann, Ed.D., has more than 30 years of experience in education and social science research in the disability policy and human services fields. She is expert in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and large-scale, multifaceted longitudinal studies. Read more.

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Carola Oliva-Olson, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education, workforce development, technical assistance (TA), and research. She is a national expert on dual language learning, culture, and equity in higher education; early childhood programming; professional development; and teacher, child, and family interactions. Read more.

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CJ Park works on a variety of national, state, and local research and evaluation projects to determine how education policies and programs can improve the academic and life outcomes of children and young adults. Recent projects have addressed teacher professional development and learning, high school reform, career technical education, and college and career readiness. Read more.

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Caroline E. Parker, EdD, leads research to improve learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students, with a particular interest in how language learning intersects with disabilities. She has worked for more than 20 years with states and districts to improve programs for diverse learnersRead more.

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Dan Princiotta, Ph.D., is a quantitative education researcher with expertise in evaluation design, data science, learning analytics, causal analysis, and education policy. He has nearly two decades of experience designing and executing education research and evaluation studies and providing technical assistance to national, state, and local education leaders. Read more.

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Aliya Pilchen, Ed.M., participates in a range of projects on K–16 education reform, teacher preparation and professional development, and college and career pathways. Her responsibilities include project management, background research, collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and contributing to written reports for clients. Read more.

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Latisha Ross, PhD, conducts research that centers on student experiences and family involvement. Ross has a professional background in positive youth development and interests in understanding the ways in which families and community contexts contribute to the positive development of Black and Latinx youth. Read more.

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Eliese Rulifson is an education research associate with a focus on teacher quality and diversity, education finance, and STEM education. Read more.

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Sara Rutherford-Quach, Ph.D., a senior education researcher, specializes in language and literacy instruction, particularly in the elementary grades and with respect to linguistically diverse populations, as well as teacher preparation and online professional development. Read more.

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Daisy Rutstein, Ph.D., is an education researcher specializing in the use of evidence-centered design in the development and implementation of assessments. Most recently, she has focused on the development of classroom assessments in mathematics, the development of technology-enhanced assessment items, and the application of ECD to large-scale assessments. Read more.

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Jenna Rush has conducted policy and data analyses on an array of education topics, among them teacher quality, school climate, school and district accountability and improvement, college and career readiness, and evaluation and compensation. Read more.

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Christopher Sanford, Ph.D., has 24 years of experience in special education, including classroom instruction, research, and assessment development. He has worked extensively on the development of alternate assessments in math and English/language arts for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Read more.

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Daniela Saucedo has experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has particular interest in systemic education inequality as it disproportionately affects students of color and of low socioeconomic status. Saucedo earned her B.S. in economics from Duke University. She holds a professional diploma in French for business from the Paris Chamber of Commerce and is a native Spanish speaker. Read more.

Rebecca Schmidt photo

Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D., has expertise in research design, including randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, and descriptive studies. Her research interests are at-risk, minority, and rural populations; inequality in educational experiences; and teacher quality. Read more.

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Debra Shaver Ph.D., has 30 years of experience in education and social science research and evaluation. She has developed research plans, designed data collection instruments, conducted quantitative and qualitative analyses, and written reports and publications for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Read more.

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Neil Seftor, Ph.D., designs and conducts rigorous evaluations of education programs to identify what works in improving student outcomes. Over the past 18 years, he has applied these methods to examine the effectiveness of a wide range of K-12 and post-secondary interventions and policies for federal agencies and foundations. Read more.

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Emnet Shibre is an education research associate who supports several research projects related to K–12 education. Her current work focuses on supporting teachers and students with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

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Victoria Sosina, Ph.D., is an education researcher who analyzes racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequality in public education. Her research focuses on understanding the policies and practices that can exacerbate or ameliorate existing disparities. Read more.

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Stephanie Suarez is an experienced education professional with a demonstrated history of working in the nonprofit, college access, and research industries across the country. Read more.

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Carol Tate, Ph.D., specializes in design, research, and evaluation projects with a focus on improving teaching quality in STEM fields. Her expertise is in instrument development, qualitative data collection, analysis, and reporting. Read more.

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Krystal Thomas, Ph.D., studies the ways that racial and ethnic identity relate to student engagement and learning and how teaching practices, teacher beliefs and curricula that can affect students’ sense of self. Read more.

Haiwen Wang photo

Haiwen Wang, Ph.D., has extensive experience designing and executing experimental and quasi-experimental studies for impact evaluation in education. Read more.

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Audra Wingard has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research with a focus on teacher preparation and professional development, social-emotional learning, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives for middle and high school girls. Read more.

Julia Yankelowitz

Julia Yankelowitz supports a variety of research, evaluation, development, and dissemination projects. Her responsibilities include project management, survey administration, literature scans, and coordination with external stakeholders. Read more.

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Louise Yarnall, Ph.D., studies ways to help educators and employers prepare learners for careers. Yarnall has evaluated the efficacy of adaptive learning products, expanded innovative teaching among community college workforce instructors, and helped to design new learning methods using mobile, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence technologies. Read more.

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Kaily Yee is a research analyst with experience in both qualitative and quantitative research on K–12 school reform, teacher development, and innovative policies and practices that support student learning. Read more.

Jennifer Yu photo

Jennifer Yu, Sc.D., specializes in the development, implementation, and evaluation of education and health-related supports and services for individuals with disabilities, with a focus on technologies and programs that improve the learning and quality of life for people with autism, learning disabilities, and mental/behavioral health issues. Read more.