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Jean Lennon

Senior Director, Early Childhood and Education


PhD, Developmental Psychology, George Washington University
MPhil, Developmental Psychology, George Washington University
BA, Psychology, Connecticut College

Jean Lennon has more than 20 years of experience with project management, instrument development, study design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Dr. Lennon’s areas of interest include student assessments, student, parent and teacher survey design, and early care and education quality. 

Dr. Lennon is currently leading the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). In recent years, she has directed a series of random assignment early education curricula data collections, set in low-income care and education settings in urban localities nationwide, including Variations in Implementation of Quality Interventions (VIQI) for the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. She has been responsible for all aspects of project management, including measurement, training of field staff to rigorous standards, field management, data processing, delivery, and reporting. 

Dr. Lennon has also recently led several norming and validation data collection studies for national publishers of cognitive and clinical assessments. She served as associate director and instrumentation task leader on the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017–18, responsible for overseeing the production, testing, and documentation of a full suite of middle grades assessments and student and adult surveys.

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