Laura Sosinsky, PhD, is a Research Scientist with expertise in infant and child development, early care  and education (ECE) programs, quality improvement and professional development, and state, federal,  and local ECE policy. On a number of applied projects and research studies focusing on ECE quality and  positive outcomes for children and families, she has conducted quantitative and qualitative study  design, data collection, and analyses, including analyses of nationally-representative data from teachers  in prekindergarten classrooms, mixed-method data from a representative sample of urban childcare  directors, and analyses of quality in for-profit and nonprofit childcare classrooms. Dr. Sosinsky has  published several peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of early care and education as well as  published for practice and policy audiences in order to distill relevant research and policy and inform  training for early childhood mental health providers, pediatricians, and state ECE professional  development programs. Dr. Sosinsky recently led a study of an interaction-focused coaching model with  prekindergarten teachers and a QED study of a Sesame Workshop professional development course. Dr.  Sosinsky has a BA in psychology from Cornell University and a MS and PhD in Developmental Psychology  from Yale University. 

Megan Richardson, MA, is a Senior Project Manager with experience leading the evaluations of a variety of education-related programs in the areas of preservice teacher preparation, postsecondary STEM  education, and preK-12 education interventions. Ms. Richardson has a MA in Sociology and Education  from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Sociology and Urban Studies from the University  of Pennsylvania. 

Jenny Zhang earned her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and became a full-time  REG staff member as a Research Assistant in August 2019 after interning with REG in spring 2018. She has also mentored high school students as part of a community organization’s intervention, worked at  the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Research and Evaluation, and interned at an afterschool  program in Washington, D.C.  

Nana Nimako is a Research Coordinator evaluating projects related to sexual health and substance  abuse recovery. Nana attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received a BA in  Anthropology: Global Health and Environment. 

Allison Kannam is a Research Coordinator engaged in projects relating to tobacco prevention and  cessation, and sexual health. Allison has fulfilled the requirements to be a GIS mapper in REG, completing  two online technical courses and as well a training institute at the Center for Public Health Initiatives at  the University of Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in Community Health from Tufts University.