Chrishana M. Lloyd, PhD, is a nationally recognized expert on the study and implementation of interventions to support early childhood professionals in environments such as home-based child care, community-based, and Head Start settings. She has more than 20 years of experience in the social science and education fields and considerable experience with applied place-based research and technical assistance. She has served as the primary investigator (PI) and/or lead implementation researcher on both federal and privately funded research projects.
Currently, Dr. Lloyd co-leads the Study of Coaching Practices in Early Care and Education Settings (SCOPE) project, which is designed to move the early care and education field toward consensus on the core features of coaching and how they are defined. She is also the co-PI for the South Ward Promise Neighborhood Evaluation. This evaluation is a Department of Education-funded initiative designed to change the life trajectories of children and families living in the South Ward neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey by improving their access to high-quality education and systems of care. Dr. Lloyd also led the implementation research and technical assistance effort for Head Start CARES (Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion) Project, a large-scale, federally funded, randomized trial of a set of evidence-based strategies designed to improve the social and emotional development of children in Head Start classrooms across the country.
In her role as a senior program officer at the Nicholson Foundation, Dr. Lloyd worked closely with early childhood professionals, policymakers, and researchers to bring early childhood interventions to scale in the state of New Jersey with a focus on environments that serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers—all with an eye toward strengthening quality.
In addition to her research and foundation experience, Dr. Lloyd has led or served as a member of federal and state-level early childhood-focused workgroups and has consulted with many education and social service agencies, including the Bank Street Education Center and the National Association of Social Workers. She has also authored numerous reports, articles, and technical assistance resources focused on early childhood interventions and supports for implementation, and actively uses innovative research methods like eco mapping and audio and video taping strategies to support and understand the work of early care and education professionals.
A common theme throughout Dr. Lloyd’s career is the integration of research and policy to inform and support the application of equitable and high-quality practices in early childhood. Her current work includes leading the evaluation of multiple technical assistance approaches focused on supporting home-based child care professionals across a range of settings, leading stakeholder engagement processes for the federally funded Measuring Implementation Quality in MIECHV-Funded Evidence-Based Home Visiting Programs Project, and serving as a senior advisor on a collaborative project between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Child Trends on Black Infant and Toddler Equity.