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Alexis O’Herrick

Research Associate


  • Ph.D. in Educational Policy; Concentration in Education Administration: The Ohio State University
  • M.S.Ed. in Educational Policy: University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in History: Bowdoin College

About Alexis O’Herrick

Dr. O’Herrick is a mixed-methods researcher with academic and professional experiences in the fields of K-12 and Higher Education.

She has worked at the school-district level on research initiatives geared toward improving outcomes for urban public schools. Dr. O’Herrick is broadly interested in policy and equity in education. Her research expertise centers on the disparate impacts of school discipline practices on Black girls’ educational experiences in public schools. Dr. O’Herrick joined Research for Action in 2020 and serves on research and evaluation teams for multiple initiatives including, The Pennsylvania Academic, Career and Technical Training (PACTT), National Lead Teacher Certification (NLTC), Aspiring to Education (A2E), and the Dallas County Promise (DCP).

Prior to joining RFA, Dr. O’Herrick assisted the State of Ohio’s Associate Vice-Chancellor with on-going Higher Education initiatives. She also worked as a liaison on several initiatives related to recruitment, retention, and graduation for adult learners. Before ODHE, Dr. O’Herrick worked as a researcher at the Delaware Education Research and Development Center (DERDC) where she co-published an academic journal article and conducted rigorous research and human service evaluations as part of a select team of researchers.

Dr. O’Herrick’s commitment to equity and community work is reflected in her research and volunteer experiences. During her time in Columbus, Dr. O’Herrick worked with Columbus affiliated-organizations focused on Black women and girls’ wellbeing, including The Commission on Black Girls, Rise Sister Rise, Black Graduate & Professional Student Caucus (BGPSC) Mentoring Program, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes elementary mentoring program. She was a contributing writer for The Commission on Black Girls’ first annual report on the state of Black girls in Columbus, Spring 2020.

Dr. O’Herrick holds an M.S.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Education Policy, with a concentration in Education Administration, from The Ohio State University. In addition to her professional experiences, Dr. O’Herrick also has a comprehensive music background. She has over two decades of training as a classical pianist and has performed internationally as a featured soloist with classical chamber choral ensembles.

  • A fun fact about me is...

    I have a comprehensive music background and over two decades of training as a classical pianist. I’ve performed internationally as a featured soloist with classical chamber choral ensembles.

  • If I could have a superpower it'd be...

    Teleportation- traveling would be a breeze!

  • My favorite cuisine is...

    Chinese Cuisine (both authentic and American versions!)

Key Projects by Alexis O’Herrick

Evaluation of the Relationships First Program at the School District of Philadelphia

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Evaluation of K-3 Literacy Programming in Philadelphia

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Evaluation of Montgomery County’s BJA STOP School Violence Program

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P’unk Avenue and Community College of Philadelphia

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Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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Documentation of Virtual and Hybrid Summer Experiences for the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)

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Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Dallas County Promise Program

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Assessing the Feasibility of a National Lead Teacher Certification for Early Childhood Educators

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Advancing Racial Equity in Higher Education Attainment

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21st Century Grants: Tracking the Implementation and Success of Academically-Oriented After-School Programs

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Recent Posts by Alexis O’Herrick

Students in high school hallway


Relationships First in the School District of Philadelphia

Last year, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $3.97 million to the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), in partnership with Research for Action (RFA), through the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. This EIR grant funds the implementation, scaling, and evaluation of Relationships First (RF). RF is a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) and schoolwide … Continued