Denise designs and evaluates interventions to reduce inequality within the education system. Her research focuses on postsecondary access and success and adult learners. Prior to joining Education Northwest, Denise was an Institute for Education Sciences pre-doctoral fellow where she developed and executed evaluation research to identify the causal effect of programs aimed at improving student outcomes. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia, and also holds degrees from the University of Vienna and the University of Puget Sound.
My research is driven by both a desire to reduce inequality in postsecondary access and success, and a belief that the major barriers students face are built and maintained by society. My job is to work at dismantling those barriers.