Jennifer  Heissel

Jennifer Heissel


Jenni Heissel is an assistant professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School. She received her PhD candidate in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern. Her research research examines how factors outside of students’ control – e.g., neighborhood violence, biological stress responses, or lead exposure – affect human capital development and achievement gaps. She crosses disciplinary boundaries, using econometric methods to study psychobiological measures.  Jenni has previously worked at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and as a consultant for institutions of higher education.  Jenni holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an MPP from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.  



Year Degree Institution
2017 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2012 MPP Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
2007 BA (Economics and Sociology) University of Notre Dame


Year Title  
2017 Stress, Sleep, and Cognitive Functioning: Pathways from Stressors to Academic Outcomes Adobe Acrobat PDF Logo Download Adobe Acrobat PDF

Research Interests

Education policy; stress; sleep; academic performance

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