David Naff, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation, MERC
- Ph.D. in educational psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
- M.A. in counseling, Wake Forest University
- B.S. in psychology, Appalachian State University
Naff's research focuses on the relationship between poverty and educational outcomes and advocates for the multivariate measurement of socioeconomic status. Specifically, he studies the decision-making processes and possible selves of students from low-income families attending schools of concentrated poverty. He also studies the precollege decision-making processes of first-generation college students.
Dr. David Naff leads evaluation efforts for the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), is the host of the MERC podcast "Abstract," and serves as a co-principal investigator on the Achieving Racial Equity in School Disciplinary Policies and Practices study. He is a former high school counselor and recent graduate of the Educational Psychology Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
For more information about Dr. Naff's work, please visit the MERC website.