Emily Forrest Cataldi

Research Education Analyst

Emily Forrest-Cataldi


  • MA, Sociology, University of Washington
  • BA, Sociology and Psychology, University of Iowa

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 Emily Forrest Cataldi specializes in postsecondary education research, with a particular focus on transitions from college to career. Ms. Cataldi directs the High School Valedictorian Project II (HSVPII), which employs both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques. She is currently co-authoring a book describing the study’s findings, which focus on the employment, post-collegiate enrollment, and other nonpecuniary outcomes of a cohort of high school valedictorians a decade or so after finishing high school, through the lens of college selectivity.

Ms. Cataldi’s background also includes over 15 years of work with several large national studies of postsecondary education conducted for the National Center for Education Statistics, including the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study and Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study. This work has included leading roles in project management, data preparation and analysis, and reporting.

Ms. Cataldi is passionate about improving outcomes for all college students. To that end, she is currently spearheading an effort that will leverage available data to inform decision-making on college campuses and improve student experiences. Her publications have focused on topics related to post-collegiate outcomes, first-generation students, and alternative postsecondary credentials.