Dr. Kelly Fisher is the Senior Executive Strategic Advisor of the Science of Learning Institute, and formerly served as the Executive Director. She is also an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Cognitive Science. Kelly provides guidance on the Institute's strategic planning and operations, with the goal of fostering innovative, interdisciplinary science of learning researc,h and building meaningful connections between research, practice, and policy.
Kelly's career has been driven by her strong commitment to use science to address the learning needs of our society and improve children and family well-being. Over the last 15 years, Kelly has drawn on her interdisciplinary background spanning developmental science, industrial-organizational psychology, implementation science, education, and public policy to translate science of learning research into research-informed practices and policies. Dr. Fisher works with community partners to create new research-informed and data-driven programs and policies, and facilitate program improvements through needs assessment and program evaluation research, program planning, and system alignment processes. She has worked with pre-16 educational institutions, hospitals and family service providers, government, and businesses.
Prior to her position at the Institute, Kelly served as an Executive Branch Science and Technology Fellow in Washington, DC, a fellowship sponsored by the Society for Research and Child Development (SRCD) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As a SRCD/AAAS fellow, she initiated and supervised new federal research projects aimed at improving organizational capacity and data-driven decision making in Head Start early childhood education programs. Her projects included the examination of how program leaders use data to inform goals and continuous quality improvement, how teachers use data to individualize instructional practices, and how programs use technology to improve learning outcomes. Kelly is also the Vice President and Director of Research for the Global Abilities Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with disabilities become independent, productive members of society. Kelly received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University.