Dr. Spencer Dudley is a Research Analyst who works with nonprofits, philanthropies, and government agencies to help them understand the real-world impact of efforts to improve education and health outcomes for children and youth. Spencer believes that the thoughtful and collaborative incorporation of research methods—with particular attention to program theory, the challenge of causality, and outcome measurement—can greatly enhance the impact of programs and services intended to improve quality of life and strengthen communities. This attention to methodological challenges was central to Spencer’s dissertation work, where he explored the use of quasi-experimental methods with data from the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study to better isolate the causal influence of childhood adversity on cognitive and brain development. Results were presented at the FLUX Congress for developmental cognitive neuroscience.
Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard University, a M.A. in International Education Development from Columbia University Teachers College, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation Methodology / Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder.