Job Candidate Katharine Meyer
Bio: Katharine Meyer is a doctoral candidate in Education Policy studies and research affiliate at the Nudge4Solutions Lab at the Curry School of Education. She also holds a BA in Government, an MEd in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation, and an MPP from the University. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked in higher education program development and evaluation at UVA. She is interested in the behavioral, informational, and psychological barriers to low-income students' academic success. Her current projects focus on the transition from high school to college, postsecondary persistence, and adolescent literacy. Her research has been funded by an Institute for Education Sciences Virginia Education Science Training predoctoral fellowship grant.
Faculty advisor(s): Ben Castleman
Dissertation Committee: Ben Castleman, James Wyckoff, Sally Hudson, Daphna Bassok
Research Interests: Behavioral Science, Postsecondary Education Policy, Experimental Design and Causal Inference Methods, Quantitative Policy Analysis
- Castleman, B. L., Meyer, K., Sullivan, Z., Hartog, W. D., & Miller, S. (2017). Nudging students beyond FAFSA: The impact of university outreach on financial aid behaviors and outcomes. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(3). https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1160087.pdf
- Castleman, B. L., & Meyer, K. (2017). Nudges, norms, and navigation: Behavioral insight
- s to improve student success. In R. S. Feldman (Ed.), The first year of college: Research, theory, and practice on improving the student experience and increasing retention. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Meyer, K. (dissertation chapter). “The effect of school counselors on student discipline: Evidence from a regression discontinuity.”
- Page, L. C., Castleman, B. L., & Meyer, K. “Customized nudging to improve FAFSA completion and income verification.”
- Castleman, B. L., & Meyer, K. “Can Text Message Nudges Improve Academic Outcomes in College? Evidence from a West Virginia Initiative.”
- Meyer, K., & Rosinger, K. O. “Applying behavioral insights to improve postsecondary outcomes: A review of Obama administration efforts and next steps under the Trump administration.”
- Castleman, B. L., & Meyer, K. “Behavioral perspectives on the effects of financial need on college student learning”
Media Coverage of Research:
- Education Week. You Want More Students Applying for Financial Aid? Bring in Michelle Obama. July 2017
- The Atlantic. The FAFSAs Midterm Grade: Changes intended to make filing for financial aid easier were accompanied by major structural hiccups. April 2017.
University Coverage of Research:
- Student Spotlight: Triple ’Hoo Shares Thoughts on Ed Policy Research and Earning Her 4th UVA Degree
- Student Spotlight: Two Ed Policy Students Reflect on MPP/PhD Dual Degree Program
- New UVA Research Lab Develops Scalable Strategies to Tackle Large Societal Problems
- How to Reach People with Better Delivery and Design of Education News
- Batten Professor's Expanded "Nudge" Program for Student Success Draws National Interest
Columns & Op-Eds:
- Page, L. C., Castleman, B. L., & Meyer, K. “The gift of time: The opportunity and benefit of early FAFSA filing.” The Brookings Institution Brown Center Chalkboard, October 2016.
- Meyer, K. “Studying first-generation college students.” Sense About Science: Epistemically Challenged Series, May 16, 2016
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://sites.google.com/a/virginia.edu/katharine-meyer