Elise Harris

Assistant Director of Evaluation, Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Elise Harris is an Assistant Director of Evaluation on Metro Center’s Policy Research and Evaluation (PRE) team. Her primary area of research focuses on schooling practices and critical consciousness among youth, educators, and researchers. She leads PRE’s Exploring Youth Leadership Councils Study which is a four year, mixed methods study that examines whether and how youth leadership councils (YLCs), a type of youth-adult partnership, foster developmental competencies and critical consciousness, both of which are associated with school engagement and later postsecondary outcomes. Elise earned a BS in Psychology from Xavier University, a MA in Human Development and Social Intervention from New York University, and a PhD in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University.