Kathryn Rooney joined APA in 2008, bringing more than six years of experience in education research and evaluation. Kathryn’s primary focus is on evaluation studies and determining the costs of educational programs. She has extensive experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as well as with data collection and management and cost modeling. Kathryn has conducted annual surveys of parents and preschools for the Denver Preschool Program and performs the data analysis for the preschool cohorts as they progress into elementary school. Kathryn also collected information on the cost of the Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy School Initiative programs and incorporated this data into a cost model to determine the costs of the programs at the school, district, and state levels. Prior to her work at APA, Kathryn worked as a lead researcher at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) in Eugene, Oregon. At EPIC, she led several large projects including a multi-method study to determine adequate school funding in the state of Washington. She also managed a research study of 38 high schools nationwide that effectively prepare their students for college.

Kathryn holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

If she is not working or running, Kathryn is likely to be spending time with her husband and young daughter.