Robyn Harper joined the Alliance in January 2015 as a policy and advocacy intern, where she worked on projects concerning dropout disproportionalities within the students with disabilities population, science of learning, and Title I funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In January 2016, she was promoted to a policy and research associate, where she contributes to policy projects requiring quantitative and qualitative data analysis and the Alliance’s work in science of learning.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Harper extensively participated in research, coauthoring a publication in Brain and Behavior as a UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Fellow, and conducting an individual research project based in cognitive science as a McNair Scholar. Ms. Harper also participated in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Program and Terrapin Teachers, a program geared toward preparing undergraduates for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching careers. Ms. Harper received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland–College Park.