Heather Wasik (Fish) is a senior research analyst with expertise in program evaluation and implementation, project management, and large-scale trainings and technical assistance. She leads stakeholder engagement, survey design, data collection, and training and technical assistance activities related to refugee children, family strengthening, fatherhood, healthy romantic relationships, intimate partner violence, and teen pregnancy prevention.
Heather’s current portfolio includes projects to better understand how fatherhood programs help to address and prevent intimate partner violence, promote healthy romantic relationships and marriage, and promote healthy co-parenting relationships. She also contributes to a descriptive study of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program. Notable past projects include managing two 1,000-attendee federal conferences, developing numerous technical assistance products, coordinating randomized controlled trials, conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and compiling extensive literature reviews.
Heather is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Catholic University, focusing on social change and social justice for refugee families. Through her graduate program, she has held positions at a refugee resettlement agency and at a human trafficking victim assistance program. She volunteers in her spare time providing friendship and assistance to newly arrived refugee families in the community through local resettlement programs.
Looking forward, Heather is interested in improving the health and well-being of refugee children and families through family strengthening programs. She is particularly interested in exploring the training and technical assistance needs of organizations serving refugees.