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Yunsoo Park

Senior Education Researcher, SRI Education

Yunsoo Park, PhD, is a senior education researcher in SRI’s Education Division. She has extensive research and clinical experience in social-emotional learning, impacts of trauma and stress, and psychological and behavioral well-being. She leads and manages randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and other rigorous large-scale studies on the impacts of classroom- and school-based interventions, as well as coaching, training, and technical assistance activities on research and data use to improve educational outcomes for students. She is a certified reviewer in group design standards for the What Works Clearinghouse of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Park leads a Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (REL AP) project to enhance education stakeholders’ capacity to select and implement evidence-based practices and use data-based decision-making to support students and educators experiencing trauma in the context of the opioid epidemic. This project involves a cross-state collaborative with members from state and local education agencies, community-based organizations, and research universities. Park also serves as project director for an RCT funded by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education that examines the effectiveness of CW-FIT, a classroom-based behavior program for at-risk elementary school students. She also manages and supports several studies funded by IES and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), such as an efficacy trial of Foundations, a schoolwide program that addresses school climate and safety in middle school students, and an evaluation of the impact of a trauma-informed multi-tiered framework to improve school safety and support elementary school students experiencing trauma. Park is involved across these projects at various capacities, including leading studies to examine factors involved in program implementation and sustainability, as well as overseeing and conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She co-leads the development and maintenance of the SRI’s Student Behavior Blog website and also co-leads the Diversity & Equity Initiative to work with Division leadership and Human Resources representatives in facilitating inclusiveness and equity in workplace practices and procedures.

Park was previously a Society for Research in Child Development/American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow at NIJ, where she managed and coordinated various research, evaluation, and dissemination activities focusing on topics related to violence and victimization.

Park received her PhD and MA in clinical psychology from Emory University and completed her clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. She also holds a BA in psychology with a minor in philosophy from New York University.

Key projects

  1. Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia (REL AP)
  2. Evaluation of the Class-Wide Function-related Intervention Teams
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