Ariel Kalil, Ph.D.
Ariel Kalil is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she also directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. She is a developmental psychologist who studies economic conditions, parenting, and child development. In addition to her work at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab), her current research examines the historical evolution of income-based gaps in parenting behavior and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills.
Susan Mayer, Ph.D.
Susan E. Mayer is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She is an expert on the measurement of poverty, the effect of growing up in poor neighborhoods, and the effect of parental income on children’s well-being. In addition to her work at the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab), she is engaged in a number of studies of intergenerational economic mobility.
Keri Lintz, MPP
Keri Lintz is the Executive Director for the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP), which houses the BIP Lab. Keri brings a combined background in public policy administration and human service delivery. Prior to joining CHPPP, Keri worked as the state level program officer for five federal grant programs designed to promote healthy child development and address the policy areas of child welfare, mental health & substance abuse, and juvenile justice. Preceding her experience under two gubernatorial administrations, Keri completed a post-graduate program in Washington D.C. with the National Academy of Social Insurance. She holds an MPP and MSW and has direct practice experience in the fields of crisis intervention and child welfare.
Paula Rusca, MPH
Paula Rusca is the Lab Manager for the BIP Lab where she develops research protocols, timelines and manages research submissions to the Institutional Review Board. She works directly with our research coordinators to manage field work activities and project implementation. In her time at the lab she has hired and trained over 60 research assistants and worked on three of the lab’s largest randomized control trials. Before coming to the BIP Lab, she completed a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She has experience in community based participatory research, program validation, survey development and curriculum development for low literacy settings and experience working within a community empowerment model.
Michelle Michelini, MPP
Michelle Michelini is the Project Manager for the BIP Lab where she manages the development, implementation and data analytics of several of the lab’s research projects. Michelle brings to the lab experience in education research administration and data analysis as well as nonprofit and project management. She has her B.S. in Social Policy and Education from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School. Prior to joining the BIP Lab, she has served in several nonprofit management roles and has supported research partnerships and data analysis at Chicago Public Schools and for other school clients.
Ana Arellano Jimenez
Ana Arellano Jimenez is the Research Coordinator for the BIP Lab. Ana brings to the Lab a range of experience in community engagement, marketing communications, and data analysis. Prior to joining Harris, Ana was the project assistant for Whole Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she led the website redesign project. Previously, she did community engagement for the City of Madison’s Planning Division on the Comprehensive Plan, where she also conducted data analysis. Ana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Diana Ahmad is the Project Assistant for the BIP Lab where she provides technical and administrative support for the lab’s research projects. Before joining the BIP Lab, Diana assisted in an ongoing research project involving children’s development of early math skills at The Center for Early Childhood Research at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she was a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, where she led an after-school teaching program with a focus on child development, reflective practice, design thinking, and classroom management. Diana received her B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellows
William Delgado is a postdoctoral fellow at the BIP Lab and Harris School of Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Master’s and B.A. degrees in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). His fields of interest include economics of education, behavioral economics, and labor economics. His current research examines teacher quality in K-12 and early childhood interventions aimed at improving outcomes of underserved children. William is originally from Buenaventura, Colombia.
Rohen Shah is a Ph.D. student at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He received his B.S. in Mathematics and Economics, as well as an M.A. in Math Education, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was previously a high school and middle school math teacher in Detroit, and is a co-founder of the Ed Tech company DiagKNOWstics. He joined the BIP lab in the summer of 2018, and is interested studying how behavioral interventions can inform Education Policy.