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Claire Christensen

Education Researcher

Claire Christensen, Ph.D., is an education researcher in SRI International’s Center for Learning & Development where she studies the use of media and technology to support teaching and learning. Christensen’s interests and experience include leading evaluations of media and early learning; designing mixed-methods formative and summative evaluations; and measuring implementation and impact in STEM and social-emotional learning.

Her SRI projects include evaluations of the Ready to Learn Initiative, EdReady, EdSurge’s product index, and the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s INSPIRE program. She has also worked on the NSF-funded STEM Indicators project.

Before joining SRI, Christensen conducted research and evaluations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and social-emotional learning. Much of her research was on technologies to promote early childhood social-emotional learning.

Christensen received her B.S. in mass communication from Illinois State University. Her M.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in community and prevention psychology are from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ph. D., Community and Prevention Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
M.A., Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
B.S., Mass Communication, Illinois State University, 2008

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago, Social Emotional Teaching and Learning Lab, 2013-2015
Research Assistant, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, 2015
Research Assistant, Michael Cohen Group, 2014-2015
Research Intern, Museum of Science and Industry, 2013-2014
Research Intern, Center on Media and Child Health, 2011-2012

Current Projects

Evaluation of the Ready to Learn Initiative
Evaluation of EdReady
Evaluation of the Engage New England Initiative
Evaluation of the EdSurge Product Index

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