Dari Jigjidsuren has earned her PhD and Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After graduation Dari worked as an evaluation specialist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill where she collected and analyzed data on child and teacher outcomes for the North Carolina state school system. Dari’s research experience is mainly focused on interventions to ensure early childhood well-being with a particular focus on marginalized populations. She also has expertise in community practice, and program development and evaluation. The last three years Dari lived in Mongolia where she conducted research including the baseline study on domestic violence among young children, established a nonprofit to advocate for Mongolian patients with rare diseases, and served as an advisor to the Mongolian disability portal “We Can Do MN”. In the future, Dari is looking forward to conducting research to improve the outcomes for children in marginalized rural communities.

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