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, Implementation Science, Maternal Health, Program Evaluation, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, School-aged Children


Dr. Francesca Longo is a post doctoral fellow at Society for Research in Child Development, working in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office. Dr. Longo received her PhD from Boston College Lynch School of Education. Dr. Longo worked with the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) network where she organized the Parent and Early Caregiver Engagement team interested in improving caregiver-child interactions involving math and helped develop benchmarks for executive functioning to create a curriculum integrating these skills with math learning. Previously, Dr. Longo evaluated scale, early childhood education interventions at MDRC, a non-profit dedicated to improving the knowledge base to influence social policy by designing new interventions, evaluating existing programs, and providing technical assistance to deliver effective interventions at scale. She is passionate about improving life experiences for children in poverty, and her research focuses on integrating classroom and parent interventions for enhancing executive functions in preschool children. Dr. Longo holds a B.A. in Psychology from New York University.