Linlin Li, Research Director with Learning and Technology at WestEd, develops and directs research and evaluations with local, statewide, and national agencies.
Li has multiple years of experience in research, evaluation, and consulting, including key roles on cross-site, multi-year federally funded projects with mixed methods, experimental, quasi-experimental, or cross-sectional designs. Her research work focuses on the areas of developmental psychology, STEM and social–emotional interventions, and family engagement. Her recent work involves using interactive games to design and evaluate interventions for students living in poverty and at risk for academic difficulties.
Li is a Certified What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewer on both group design and single-case design. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on multiple Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science research grants and the Director of Methods on multiple Department of Education grants, including Investing in Innovation, Education Innovation and Research, and Ready to Learn grants.
Prior to joining WestEd, Li managed and directed formative and summative evaluations of programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.
She was also a senior methodologist for an evaluation of the California Department of Education’s evaluation of the School Assistance Intervention Team program, a mixed-methods study of 200 state-monitored schools’ progress in English language arts and math.
Li holds an MA in educational and developmental psychology and a PhD in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.