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Research Associate II, Family and Children Research Unit

M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University


Lisa Long is a Research Associate II within the Family and Children Research Unit. Her work at the SSRC has included an evaluation of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a survey of Mississippi’s public school kindergarten teachers about the level of school readiness among their students, and most recently the design of an NIH funded curriculum for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to assist young children in developing healthy eating and activity habits early in life.

Before joining the SSRC in April 2012, Ms. Long worked both internationally and domestically with the nonprofit organization, Save the Children, as their Senior Education Specialist in Early Childhood Development. She is an experienced educator with a strong background in Early Childhood Care and Development and has program design, planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation skills. Ms. Long is a certified primary school teacher and has experience teaching in both American and international classrooms, as well as experience in managing education projects in developing countries.

Ms. Long holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology / Sociology from Rhodes College, and a Master of Arts in International Educational Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked for two years in Albania as the Education Manager for Catholic Relief Services and International Rescue Committee and has four years of direct service experience with young children and their families in preschools in Ramallah, Palestine and in the Bronx, NYC. Ms. Long also worked for one year with the Reverend Herbert Hoover Graves Foundation Fund as an advisor to a rural preschool in Ghana. She is especially interested in developing and evaluating activities and systems which address the needs of children living in difficult circumstances.