Dr. Caitlin Howley is a Fellow at ICF, joining the company in 2009. She currently directs the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) and evaluates education programs for at-risk students across the Appalachian region and the nation. Her specialities include rural education; capacity building in state education systems; broadening participation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; and college access and success for low-income, minority, and rural youth. With expertise in both research and technical assistance, she helps clients conduct root cause analyses; identify and implement evidence-based practices; and pilot, refine, and scale new programs.
In earlier capacities, Dr. Howley served as the Associate Director of the ARCC, provided evaluation services to regional Comprehensive Centers, led evaluation for the Appalachia Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education, and conducted research and evaluation for Regional Educational Laboratories. Dr. Howley earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University, and has received awards from the American Educational Research Association and the National Rural Education Association.