Job Candidate Katharine Meyer


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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

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • 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.

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