Dr. Rogéair Purnell
As a senior researcher with the RP Group, Rogéair Purnell has been a key team member on studies and projects focused on transfer, student support services, and dual enrollment. Prior to becoming a consultant, she spent four years as part of the James Irvine Foundation’s Youth team, where she supported programs working to improve high school completion rates and postsecondary opportunities for low-income youth. As a Research Associate with MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy research organization, Dr. Purnell helped design and implement the evaluation of initiatives to improve employment and health and to increase completion rates for community college students. She also served as a Senior Evaluator at Philliber Research Associates, helping to design tools and instruments to evaluate the work of direct service programs.
Most recently, Dr. Purnell was the Director of Gateway to College at Laney College, and in this role was responsible for coordinating and managing one of the national network program sites serving 16 to 20-year-old Alameda County residents who were at risk of leaving, or who had left high school without a diploma. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Doctoral degree in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.
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