Kelly Evans is a research analyst at the Center for Child and Family Policy. Her work focuses on evaluating programs and policies that are designed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. She is currently working on a NIDA-funded project examining the intergenerational effects of substance use, the Truancy Prevention Project, an IES-funded project related to truancy prevention; an evaluation of the America’s Promise Alliance Dropout Prevention Summits; and Parenting Across Cultures, a prospective multi-country study looking at how risk-taking develops across adolescence as a function of biological maturation (puberty and age) and socialization (parenting and culture). Previously, she worked as a health educator, managing the Saving Babies Campaign at the Chatham County Public Health Department.
Evans studied biology and classics as an undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She received her Master of Public Health from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in 2007. There she studied maternal and child health, as well as completing the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities Program.