Lisa Merrill
Research Associate


  • Research and methodology
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher support

Lisa Merrill is a research associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Much of her work has focused on contexts that support effective teaching, as well as the use of data to inform district policies and classroom practices. She currently leads the Research Alliance’s evaluation of iMentor’s College Ready Program, which pairs high school students from low-income communities with college-educated mentors. She is also collaborating with other researchers and district leaders to develop better early warning and college readiness indicators for high school students and to identify supports that help students succeed in higher education. Merrill also works at the Consortium for Policy Research on Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously taught eighth grade math and served as data specialist in a New York City public school and was elected as the United Federation of Teachers chapter leader. Merrill earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in education policy. She holds a master’s degree in teaching secondary mathematics from Pace University and a bachelor’s in economics and public policy from Pomona College.