Anita McGinty is a Research Associate Professor in CISE with a primary affiliation in PALS. She comes to us having spent the past 5 years in the non-profit and philanthropic sector and is the founder of a consulting practice, ASEC Advisory. Prior to that she was a Research Assistant professor within CASTL, and completed her Ph.D. at UVA in Risk and Prevention (now Educational Psychology- Applied Developmental Science) as an IES-funded fellow and IES Fellow of the year in 2009. Her research explores the importance of quality environments for children’s language and literacy development and examines how research-based programs translate within applied practice, particularly in programs serving low-income children. At a community level,Dr. Mcginty advises the Blue Ridge Boys and Girls Club, serves as a reader and grant advisee for the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and is a Board Member of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and works as a research adviser to Communitas Consulting to support regional non-profit and philanthropic organizations in program design and evaluation.