Monica is a senior public engagement fellow in the Public Engagement Department, where she leads field-based qualitative research and engagement projects and works on the development and management of public engagement initiatives. In her work, Monica also focuses on cross-sector partnerships and on uptake, scaling and sustaining innovations in higher education.
Prior to joining Public Agenda, Monica completed her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research focused on the role of socialization in shaping youth beliefs and attitudes. Monica is trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has conducted qualitative research with the Center for Research on Culture, Diversity, and Education at New York University. Monica has taught at the primary and post-secondary level. She also has administrative experience at both levels. As an elementary administrator, Monica worked with board members, administrators, faculty, and parents on school-wide policies related to hiring, curricula, and admissions. As an undergraduate academic advisor, Monica advised students on academic planning and requirements and career opportunities.
Monica also holds an M. A. in Educational Psychology from New York University and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University.
Areas of expertise: qualitative research design, interviews, survey development, elementary education, youth development