PhD, Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College
Cohort Five Fellow

Academic Mentor
Eric Dearing
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College School of Education

Policy Mentor
Joan Lombardi
Director, Early Opportunities, LLC

Current Institutional Affiliation
Society for Research in Child Development

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Research-to-Policy Translation


Dr. Francesca Longo is an applied developmental psychologist with expertise in early developmental contexts and interest in policy and its implications for child and family well-being. Prior to earning her Ph.D. at Boston College, Francesca evaluated scale, early childhood education interventions and welfare-to-work demonstrations at MDRC, a non-profit dedicated to improving the knowledge base to influence social policy. Francesca also worked with the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) network participating in efforts to improve caregiver-child interactions involving math and developing benchmarks for executive functioning to create a curriculum integrating these skills with math learning. She is passionate about improving life experiences for children in poverty, and her current research focuses on integrating classroom and parent interventions for enhancing executive functions in preschool children. Last year she was an SRCD Congressional Fellow in Senator Gillibrand's office working on Defense, Nutrition, Immigration, Health, and Education portfolios. Currently, Francesca is an Executive Branch Fellow working in the Office of Child Care on understanding state child care quality initiatives.