Sara Heller, PhD
Assistant Professor, Economics
Institute for Social Research Profile
Department of Economics Profile
Dr. Heller studies interventions to reduce crime and improve other life outcomes among low-income young people. She uses large-scale experiments to isolate the causal effects of a variety of programs, including cognitive behavioral therapy-based interventions and summer jobs.
Dr. Heller is currently conducting research with the University of Chicago and Cornell University to evaluate the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative (READI) which identifies men in Chicago at the highest risk of being involved in a shooting and providing supported work alongside cognitive behavioral therapy and personal development programming.