Shelby Cooley, Ph.D.

Research Director
Community Center for Education Results

Shelby leads collaborative studies and builds university partnerships to support community partners turn research into action. She received her doctorate in developmental science from the University of Maryland where she examined school climate, the emergence of racial bias in childhood, children’s perceptions, of fairness and justice, racial identity, and contexts that enable youth to challenge negative group norms. Her prior professional work focused on early learning in low-income neighborhoods, working on NYU Steinhardt’s INSIGHTS to Children’s Temperament and Child Trends’ D.C. Public School’s Head Start Evaluation. Shelby has also consulted on racial bias in schools for Teaching for Tolerance and CNN AC360. As a researcher and Southeast Seattle native, Shelby is passionate about data access and views community research as a tool for liberation. She enjoys summers by the water and can be found kayaking or running around Lake Washington.