Rebecca London, Ph.D., is Research Professor at the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to this, she was Senior Researcher at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University, a Research Associate at the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Principal Analyst at Berkeley Policy Associates. Dr. London holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, an M.A. in Economics, also from Northwestern, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Throughout her career, Dr. London's research has bridged academia and policy, focusing on the policies and programs intended to serve low-income or disadvantaged children, youth and families. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, she has conducted research in multiple policy areas, including: K-12 and post-secondary education, afterschool programs, welfare reform, health and wellness, the digital divide and children's living arrangements. Dr. London collaborates with community organizations and agencies to design and conduct actionable research that is both methodologically sound and relevant to the community's needs. She is co-editor of the volume From Data To Action: A Community Approach to Improving Youth Outcomes (Harvard Education Press), which describes how communities can leverage their existing data to identify the most effective policies and interventions to support positive youth outcomes. Her research has been published in numerous journals, edited volumes, and policy briefs as well as presented at professional conferences, in community forums and in legislative testimony.
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