Christine Patton

Associate Vice President, Research & Evaluation at Jumpstart

Christine Patton has a diverse and extensive work experience in the field of research and evaluation in the education sector. Christine started their career as a Researcher for Visitor Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, where they conducted studies to understand visitor behavior and engagement. Christine then worked as a Program Specialist/Intern at the U.S. Department of Education.

Continuing their career in research and evaluation, Patton joined the University of Virginia as a Graduate Research Assistant, where they led focus groups, observed classrooms, and coordinated research activities. Christine then became a Post-doctoral Research Associate, contributing to the evaluation of social-emotional interventions.

Patton then worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Senior Research Analyst, focusing on early childhood, family engagement, and out-of-school time. In this role, they produced research-based tools and facilitated training experiences for educators and administrators.

Currently, they hold a position at Jumpstart, where they have progressed through various roles. Beginning as a Director, Research & Evaluation, they led efforts to evaluate thousands of children and volunteers annually. Christine then became a Senior Director, Research & Evaluation, and later an Associate Vice President, Research & Evaluation. In these roles, they oversaw the evaluation of Jumpstart's curriculum and played a crucial role in increasing the quality and rigor of their evidence base.

Overall, Christine Patton has extensive experience in research and evaluation, focusing on education, early childhood, family engagement, and social-emotional interventions.

Christine Patton completed their education with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Anselm College, from 1999 to 2003. Christine then pursued a Master of Arts degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College, from 2003 to 2004. Later, they obtained a Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia, from 2005 to 2009.


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  • Associate Vice President, Research & Evaluation

    November, 2020 - present

  • Senior Director, Research & Evaluation

    September, 2018

  • Director, Research & Evaluation

    December, 2014

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