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Tali Klima

Senior Education Researcher, SRI Education

Tali Klima, Ph.D., conducts research to prevent and treat children’s emotional and behavioral problems. She is experienced in designing, managing, and analyzing large-scale evaluations of evidence-based programs for substance use, violence and aggression, and internalizing symptoms (depression, anxiety) among youth. Her work has focused on improving services in key settings, such as schools and healthcare systems, as well as advising policymakers on research-based investments in social programs.

Klima supports various randomized trials at SRI, such as the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded efficacy study of Foundations, a schoolwide positive discipline intervention in middle school; an IES-funded effectiveness study of Tools for Getting Along (TFGA), a social problem-solving program for elementary school students; and a National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-funded trial of Project SECURE, a multi-tiered approach to improve social-emotional skills, reduce bullying, and address student trauma. In this capacity, she is involved in outcomes data analysis and cost analyses of programs.

Klima also leads projects on major life stressors that impact children’s functioning at school and elsewhere in their lives. For instance, children whose families and communities have been hard-hit by the opioid crisis often experience uncertainty regarding basic needs and impairing psychological trauma. Klima’s work seeks to develop and study ways in which agencies and organizations in the community can meet the needs of affected youth and prevent future problems.

Before joining SRI, Klima researched substance use prevention programs in the community at the University of Washington’s Social Development Research Group (SDRG). She also worked at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) for several years. In this capacity, she advised state legislators on evidence-based investments in public programs for children and families. She also conducted cost-benefit analyses of educational and mental health interventions for youth.

Klima earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, with a minor in Developmental Psychology, and a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Key Projects

  1. Effectiveness Study of Tools for Getting Along: Teaching Students to Problem Solve
  2. Efficacy Study of Foundations, School-wide Positive Discipline for Middle Schools
  3. Regional Educational Laboratory - Appalachia
  4. Project SECURE: Keeping Kids Safe in San Francisco Unified School District
  5. Self-Management Supports for Children with Special Health Care Needs funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health