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Megan Mekinda

Megan Mekinda

MPES 2 Cohort 1



Biography

Megan Mekinda earned her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in June 2015. She specializes in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to promote positive development and wellbeing. Her dissertation examined the potential for after-school programs to serve as meaningful contexts for work readiness training, a critical component of postsecondary success. The research presents in-depth, qualitative evaluation of After School Matters (ASM) in Chicago, among the largest and most well-known after-school programs for high school youth in the country. Dr. Mekinda holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.


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Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2015 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2010 MA, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2005 BA, Psychology Swarthmore College

Dissertation

Year Title  
2015 After-School Programs and Support for Work Readiness: A Qualitative Evaluation of After School Matters

Research Interests

Program design, implementation, and evaluation; mixed-methods research; qualitative research methodology; applied research; positive youth development; preparation for postsecondary transitions and the transition to adulthood.

Last Updated: 2015-11-18 12:56:55