Chris Boccanfuso recently joined NCEE as a research scientist, where he'll work with the Regional Educational Laboratory program (REL) to ensure that REL research and products are rigorous, relevant, and accessible to teachers. Prior to coming to IES, Boccanfuso worked as a research scientist at Child Trends, where he authored an analysis of zero tolerance policies and their non-punitive alternatives, and testified about these polices before the U.S. Attorney General and the federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Boccanfuso recently co-published a study on early labor market outcomes of high school dropouts. His past research also includes studies on student-teacher relationships, adolescent self-identities, interactive pedagogy, academic engagement, and student transition to high school. Chris received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Maryland.
Colleen Lenihan has joined the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education division of NCES as the Finance Survey Director for IPEDS, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. In this capacity, she will oversee the data collection and provide quality control for the financial information submitted by colleges and universities to IPEDS. Prior to joining NCES, Colleen was a research analyst for the nonprofit organization the Delta Project on Postsecondary Education Costs, Accountability, and Productivity. She has a master's degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park.