Holly Jacobs
Director of Program Evaluation


  • Character education
  • Data and statistics
  • Research and methodology
  • Child development
  • Behavior
  • Health and wellness
  • Peer relationships
  • Social networks
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Holly Jacobs serves the Center for Social Development and Education as director of program evaluation, developing and leading the various research and evaluation projects conducted at the CSDE. Jacobs earned her master’s degree from Boston College and her bachelor’s degree at Boston University. Jacobs also holds a graduate certificate in survey research from UMass Boston. Before joining the CSDE staff, she worked at the Institute for Community Inclusion as a study coordinator on public policy demonstration projects for individuals with disabilities receiving employment supports from state vocational rehabilitation agencies. Earlier in her career, she was a vocational counselor for adolescents with traumatic brain injury and researched children’s and adult’s conceptions of people, animals, and objects to inform school curricula. Jacobs’s interests include peer relationships among children and adolescents with and without intellectual disability, social inclusion of students with intellectual disability, and school-based interventions.