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Penn Child Research Center

Kristen Coe

Doctoral Candidate of Education Policy

Kristen Coe is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in education policy at Penn GSE and a senior research assistant at the Penn Child Research Center. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Kristen earned her master’s degree in social welfare from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA. She has worked directly with and on behalf of families, planning prevention services at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, delivering parent education at the Medical University of South Carolina, and providing professional development and technical assistance to out-of-school time programs in Philadelphia. Kristen's research interests focus on early childhood education and social policies that impact at-risk families in urban settings.  She is also interested in the use of integrated data systems and building a culture of evidence use among policymakers and practitioners.  Her dissertation research is an exploratory study of academic-based peer effects in nationally-representative sample of kindergarten students.