At the SSRC, Buffington has served as a researcher, program evaluator, and technical writer on numerous federal, foundation, state, and intramurally funded research grants. She has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and final reports, and has synthesized and disseminated results through dedicated websites and other outlets. For the last 2 years, Buffington has directed the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s policy work on chronic absence in Mississippi’s public schools. She also developed and implemented the EMPOWR study, which is funded by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.

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