Heather Rouse, PhD


Dr. Heather Rouse is a Research Associate of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and has been the Research Director for the Kids Integrated Data System (KIDS) there. Trained as a clinical and school psychologist, Heather's research focuses on the examination of risk and protective factors for low-income, urban children attending public school. As KIDS Research Director, Heather worked at the intersection of public policy and applied research to develop protocols for the use of integrated administrative records to inform policy decisions across health, education, and social service systems. She was invited to be on the review panel for the Institute of Education Sciences Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grants program because of her expertise in the development and use of such integrated systems for educational and social policy research.

Prior to assuming the role of KIDS Research Director, Heather received the Phi Delta Kappa Award for Outstanding Dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania for her investigation of publicly monitored risks associated with urban poverty. As a graduate student, she investigated the influence of approaches to learning for Head Start children. 

After her Stoneleigh Fellowship, Heather was appointed Director of Health Policy Research at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement www.achi.net under the leadership of the Surgeon General and Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.