Alexandra Adair is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Adair has contributed to a range of randomized controlled trials, mixed method, and quasi-experimental studies. Her work at the Research Alliance focuses on our study of New York City’s Computer Science for All Initiative, as well as career and technical education (CTE), Pre-K for All, and college access and success initiatives.
During her doctoral studies, Dr. Adair examined digital media use, early STEM education, and school readiness policy and assessment. Her graduate studies focused on developmental psychology, particularly attachment research and social psychology. In future research, she hopes to explore afterschool STEM initiatives; how leaders can use data to improve school organization and climate; and the causes and consequences of educational inequalities in NYC, as well as potential solutions.
Prior to joining the Research Alliance, Dr. Adair worked at the Education Development Center (EDC) where she worked on a number of large and small scale projects including her work on the Ready to Learn Initiative, a federally funded program conducted in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS, which aimed to improve young children's science and literacy skills. She also served as co-lead and principal data analyst for Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media, a network of 30 PBS member stations and partner organizations implementing programming for children and families. Raised in NYC, she is also a proud former NYCDOE middle school teacher.
Dr. Adair earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from CUNY Graduate Center. She also holds an MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, and a BA in English and Classics from Emory University.