Alexandra Watson is a Research Coordinator for the Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She joined the Johnson Center in 2017 and is responsible for designing, implementing, and managing community-based research and evaluation projects.
Prior to joining the Johnson Center, Watson worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the SaferSex Research Lab at Michigan State University. In this role she assisted in evaluating a multi-structural change intervention to reduce HIV incidence and prevalence in youth nationwide. At Michigan State she was also an Assistant Director and Instructor for the Adolescent Diversion Program, where she taught undergraduate students how to become effective advocates for adjudicated youth in Ingham County. She also interned with Public Policy Associates, providing support for projects in the area of juvenile justice.
Watson earned both a Master of Arts in program evaluation and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and criminal justice from Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, and serves on the New Evaluator and Graduate Student Ad Hoc Committee in the Michigan Association for Evaluation.
Watson is passionate about addressing key societal issues through data-driven decision-making and the implementation of effective interventions. Further, she is interested in evaluating educational and human services programs in order to increase the opportunities afforded to at-risk youth and improve the outcomes for youth entering the juvenile justice system.