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Kirby A Chow
Kirby Chow, Ph.D., has a background in child development and education, specializing in the academic and social and emotional well-being of children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, including children and youth who have experienced homelessness.
Among her current projects is an evaluation of the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus (VPI+), which aims to improve quality in existing preschool classrooms and expand access to quality preschool by opening new classrooms in high-need communities in Virginia. She participates in SRI’s Regional Education Laboratory (REL)—Appalachia on the Tennessee early literacy partnership. Chow also works on the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District’s Safe Schools Research Initiative, evaluating the implementation of the Safe & Civil Schools Foundations Program in middle schools and high schools.
Before joining SRI, Chow was a Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science Executive Branch Fellow in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. As a fellow, she conducted research and policy analyses on early childhood homelessness, youth homelessness, and child welfare; helped advise senior policy officials on these issues; and engaged in interagency collaboration with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education. Chow also worked as a researcher for the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Chow earned her Ph.D. in education (human development and psychology) from UCLA. She also holds an M.A. in education from UCLA and a B.A. in psychology and social welfare from UC Berkeley.