Kim Austin is a Senior Program Associate in WestEd’s Research-Practice Partnerships team and Director of Dissemination for the Regional Educational Laboratory West. She currently manages a research-practice partnership with Washoe County School District (Nevada) that leverages improvement science to support literacy instruction.
A qualitative researcher by training, Austin also has experience in evaluation, dissemination, producing multimedia content, and developing online professional learning. She led research, dissemination, and online instruction for Leading with Learning, an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) project focused on supporting English-learner instruction. She also coordinated content development for the Doing What Works research-to-practice library.
Austin received an MEd from Harvard University, concentrating on human development and psychology, and a PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University.