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Bridgette Lery

Bridgette Lery

Principal Research Associate


Bridgette Lery is a principal research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on child welfare and other human services, including administrative data systems, performance measurement, capacity building and evidence use in the workforce, program implementation, and evaluation. Her current and upcoming work includes analysis of recent legislation allowing states to extend independent living services to former foster youth to age 23, formative evaluations of housing programs for youth aging out of foster care, and continuous quality improvement technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies.

Lery lives in San Francisco, where she formerly worked in local government directing research and evaluation for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. Key projects included coleading the design, implementation, and evaluation of a federal demonstration project testing a supportive housing program for homeless, child-welfare-involved families; local planning and evaluation of interventions implemented under California’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration; and coleading a federally funded university partnership to train graduate students in using evidence for better decisionmaking. Lery previously conducted child welfare research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Lery holds a BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MSW from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare.