People

 

Todd Rogers  |  Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, S3 R&D Lab

Todd Rogers is a behavioral scientist who explores the impact on student achievement of mobilizing the support of students’ family and friends.  Prior to joining HKS, he was founding Executive Director of the Analyst Institute, which uses randomized field experiments and behavioral science insights to understand and improve voter communication program.  Click for New York Times Magazine story profiling Analyst Institute, and the book based on that article, Victory Lab: the secret science of winning campaigns.  Click for his talk about the voter mobilization work. He received his Ph.D. jointly from Harvard's department of Psychology and Harvard Business School, and received his B.A. from Williams College where he majored in Religion and Psychology.

Adan Acevedo  |  Research Fellow

Before joining the Student Social Support R&D Lab, Adan served in the 2013 Teach for America Corps as an 8th grade American History teacher in East Los Angeles and as the Executive Director of the Lennox Educational Advancement Foundation, a 501(c)(3) local organization. Adan graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Government, and a language citation in Portuguese. He is from Lennox, California and is a native Spanish speaker.

Emily Bloomenthal  |  Senior Research Fellow

Emily Bloomenthal graduated from Williams College and NYU School of Law. After law school, she received a fellowship from the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity to work at the Education Law Center in Newark, New Jersey. She represented children and parents in child welfare proceedings in Massachusetts as an attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and worked with NYU Law Professor Peggy Cooper-Davis on several projects, including developing a course about legal and scientific perspectives on educational achievement gaps. Most recently, she advocated for improvements to the Massachusetts juvenile justice system as the Senior Policy Associate at Citizens for Juvenile Justice. When she's not in the Lab, Emily dances with several companies in the Boston area.

Jessica Lasky-Fink  |  Research Fellow

Before joining the Student Social Support R&D Lab, Jessica was an analyst at the Boston-based non-profit organization, Partners In Health, where she worked on designing monitoring and evaluation systems for international health projects in Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, southern Africa, and has worked in the Washington, DC, and San Diego public school systems. Jessica holds a Master's Degree in International Economics and International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from U.C. San Diego. 

Samuel Madison  |  Research Fellow

Prior to his work at the S3 Lab, Sam was a teacher, coach, and leader in public charter schools in his hometown of Washington, DC. He earned a Master of Education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a concentration in education policy and management, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at American University in special education, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin.

Gonzalo Pons  |  Research Fellow

Gonzalo Pons holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and is interested in behavioral sciences interventions and field experiments. Before joining the S3 Lab, Gonzalo worked as an RA managing field experiments in the Peruvian Ministry of Education, and previously at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). In the lab he works on data analysis of multiple projects. Gonzalo is fluent in Spanish and a native of Lima, Perú.

Carly Robinson  |  PhD Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Carly Robinson is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Human Development, Learning, and Teaching concentration. Her interests lie at the intersection of psychology, education, and youth development, and her current research focuses on developing and testing interventions that improve adult-youth relationships and youth outcomes. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Carly worked as a Research Fellow in the S3 Lab, managing and implementing randomized field experiments, and as a third grade teacher. She received her Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Psychology from Williams College.

Alexa Weiss  |  Research Fellow

Alexa Weiss is a graduate of the Master in Public Affairs program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Previously, she led rural development projects as Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua and Guatemala and conducted supplementary program analyses for the USAID mission to Honduras. Alexa got her start in research as an Undergraduate Researcher at the Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and is passionate about applying scientific methods to address social issues.

 

 

Other S3 R&D Lab Collaborators and Partners

  • Peter Bergman, Columbia University
  • Simon Burgess, University of Bristol
  • Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania
  • Avi Feller, UC Berkeley 
  • Hunter Gehlbach, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jon Guryan, Northwestern University
  • Matthew Kraft, Brown University
  • Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago
  • Michael Norton, Harvard University