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Laura E. Wallace
Dr. Wallace earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University. She holds a BA in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College, a MS in Psychology from Villanova University, and conducted her post-doc at Iowa’s Integrated Data System for Decision-Making (I2D2) at Iowa State University. Dr. Wallace has extensive experience developing academic, community, and state partnerships and previously worked as the Director of Early Learning at the Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia.
Dr. Wallace is the Director of the Collaborative for Data Driven Action at the University of Delaware. The purpose of the Collaborative for Data Driven Action is to facilitate an evidence-based system of coordinated, comprehensive services for individuals living in Delaware. It is envisioned as an integrated data system, a hub of partnerships and data, whereby effective services are coordinated among health, social service, and education agencies, and the impacts are critically monitored and improved over time using scientifically rigorous evidence. This system builds on partnerships which include state departments, service providers, private sector entrepreneurs, and university collaborators to (1) identify priority areas, (2) conduct rigorous analyses, (3) deliberate and consider implications of the findings for practical solutions, and (4) develop and test interventions and policy solutions. The the Collaborative for Data Driven Action facilitates partnership between University of Delaware faculty and state administrators and utilizes these partnerships to develop meaningful investigations which drive and inform policy.
In addition to utilizing national and state integrated data base to inform policy Dr. Wallace’s research interested include: the evaluation of birth to three early intervention and prevention programs, precision home visiting practices, universal home visiting, professional education and development standard for the early care and education work force, and best practices on transitions from early care and intervention programs into school. She is the recipient of the 2017-2020 US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Head Start Scholars Awards and is a certified School Psychologist.