Callie Poole serves as a Research Associate at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC). At the SSRC, she works for the Family and Children Research Unit, serving on the Parent Health Literacy Committee of the Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive! This project is a cooperative agreement funded by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) that includes the SSRC and the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Children’s of Mississippi. The project goal is to improve Mississippi’s early childhood developmental health system, particularly among children younger than age six who live in poverty.

Callie also works on the evaluation team for the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, which provides technical assistance to schools around the state in implementing effective and sustainable school wellness councils as part of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007. She is also part of the Mississippi KIDS COUNT research team, an Annie E. Casey-funded program that provides policy-relevant data about the well-being of children in Mississippi.

Callie holds a B.A. in psychology from Millsaps College with minors in English and business and a concentration in human services. She also holds an M.A. in education from Prescott College with a concentration in cultural studies. Before coming to the SSRC, Callie worked in children’s behavioral health and early childhood and elementary education.