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Research Associate II

M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University


Lisa Long is a Research Associate II working with the Mississippi Thrive! Child Health and Development Project  (, and with the Mississippi Data Project  ( funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Mississippi Data Project seeks to advance data-driven decision-making in promoting best practice models and policies for children and families in Mississippi resulting from data analysis of health, education, and economic data. Long serves as the Childcare Practice Transformation Team co-chair for Mississippi Thrive!, a joint project of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the SSRC which seeks to improve the developmental health of children ages 0-5 in Mississippi. Long is an experienced educator with program management, design, planning, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation skills with experience teaching in both American and international preschools. 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 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.

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. Before joining the SSRC in 2012, she worked both internationally and domestically with the nonprofit organization, Save the Children, as their Senior Education Specialist in Early Childhood Development. Long also 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. She is especially interested in developing and evaluating activities and systems which address the needs of children living in difficult circumstances.

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