Claire Christensen

Education Researcher, SRI Education

Claire Christensen, PhD, is a senior education researcher in SRI’s Education Division. She is an expert in educational media for young children, specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social and emotional learning.

At SRI, Christensen leads rigorous evaluations of educational media, ranging from randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental studies to mixed-methods formative evaluations. For example, she co-leads summative and formative evaluations of PBS KIDS apps and videos for the Ready to Learn Initiative. She is also principal investigator of an National Science Foundation-funded program of research to develop AI-based tools for understanding young children’s exposure to videos online. Christensen’s other clients include Sesame Workshop, the Jim Henson Company, Amira Learning, and EdSurge.

Before joining SRI, Christensen conducted research and evaluations on educational programs in STEM and social and emotional learning. She was a research intern at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Christensen earned her MA and PhD in community and prevention research, with a minor in evaluating educational programs, from the University of Illinois Chicago. She holds a BS in mass communication, specializing in educational media, from Illinois State University.

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