Jia (Lisa) Luo, MS, joined the Program for Advancing Violence Research and Education at UNC School of Social Work as a research project manager in August 2020. She received her master’s degree in educational psychology with a concentration in learning, cognition, and motivation from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. With seven years of experience conducting research and evaluation for education and social programs, she has supported a number of research projects for education and social programs funded by federal, state, and local agencies. She has also contributed to Institute of Education Sciences’ publications such as a guide for educators on social-emotional learning and a 50-state assessment on alternative education.
In addition, Luo is a multimedia artist who uses photography and film to share knowledge and to elevate the voices of marginalized populations. With a passion for education, Luo served as a filming specialist for District of Columbia Public Schools’ teacher evaluation system. Dedicated to empowering others through the arts, Luo has also designed and delivered after-school photography programs for underserved youth in Washington, DC. Her research interests include developing and evaluating creative and mindfulness-based interventions such as art therapy and yoga to cultivate social-emotional learning, healing, and resilience for vulnerable populations exposed to trauma.