Heather Koball, PhD


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A disconnected youth and immigration policy expert, Heather joined NCCP in September 2016 after four years as a senior fellow at Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and five years as a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research. She leads NCCP’s research and policy agenda for advancing economic mobility for low-income families.

A senior research associate at NCCP from 2002 to 2006, Heather has led a range of implementation and impact studies examining such diverse issues as the well-being of children whose families have been affected by immigration enforcement, survival strategies adopted by families living in poverty who are not supported by anti-poverty programs, and interventions to improve the employment outcomes of disconnected youth.

Heather earned her PhD in sociology from Brown University and her master’s degree in statistics at Virginia Tech. Included among her publication credits are “Moving Up in Rural America: Socioeconomic Integration of Latino Immigrants in the United States” in Rural Sociology and “Living Arrangements and School Dropout among Minor Mothers following Welfare Reform” in Social Science Quarterly.