Grace Handley

Research Analyst
Grace Handley

As a Research Analyst at AnLar, Grace leverages her expertise in statistics and quantitative methods to support various research and evaluation projects. A social neuroscientist by training, Grace became excited about education research and evidence-based pedagogy during her time teaching college-level research methods. She uses her statistical expertise to produce data-driven insights and lend quantitative support to a number of projects.

At AnLar, Grace works with the research team to support analysis and reporting for the National Center for Education Statistics and the Office of Special Education Programs, in addition to managing data collection and analysis for the external evaluation of FirstHand, an out-of-school STEM program for under-served middle school students in Philadelphia. Prior to joining AnLar, Grace contributed to a number of research efforts aimed at advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). She led the DEIJ graduate program assessment for the Office of Institutional Equity at the University of Delaware and co-wrote the American Association of University Women’s inaugural report on the status of women in leadership. During her doctoral research, Grace studied the cognitive and biological mechanisms underlying intergroup perception and conflict. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Delaware and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago.

Outside of work, Grace enjoys exploring the Philadelphia area with either her dog, Pebble, or her dual-sport motorcycle. She can also be found hiking, studying sports statistics (especially baseball), snapping photographs, or caring for her extensive collection of houseplants.

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