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Dr. Lisa Pao Joins AC as Director of Research

by Harrison Tool


Posted on July 9. 2020


Dr. Lisa Pao

We are excited to announce that Dr. Lisa Pao has joined our team as Director of Research, based in New York, NY!

Lisa completed her undergraduate studies in English literature at Harvard University. She earned a PhD in cognitive and educational psychology from Columbia University, where she conducted research in reading comprehension and instructional design, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience and learning disabilities at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A former teacher, Lisa has taught English language arts in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, and psychology courses to college and graduate students. Prior to joining AC, Lisa was a consultant in literacy research and curriculum design at Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Relay Graduate School of Education.

At AC, Lisa will collaborate directly with schools to derive recommendations and drive improvements in community mental health. She will also help lead efforts to publish research in scientific journals to disseminate top findings to the public.

“I have admired Dr. Luthar’s brilliant research on student resilience for many years, and am thrilled to have the chance to be part of the important work that Suniya, Nina, and the AC team are doing,” Lisa said. "I am passionate about connecting educators with psychological science to help students thrive, and feel that it is more essential than ever that teachers and parents have resources to promote student health and happiness. AC is doing amazing work in applying science to serve the greater good, and I am so excited to join in!”

“From my first conversation with Lisa, I could tell that she was going to be a huge asset to our team. The insight and wisdom that she brings as both a researcher and former teacher will really help expand our impact on schools and communities across the globe,” said Nina Kumar, CEO.

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