Joanne Roberts, PhD, MBA

Assistant Director of Research, Research & Evaluation 

Phone: 857-218-4366
Fax: 617-730-0060

Dr. Roberts has over 20 years of experience in the field of early education and care, including research and consultative expertise related to both practice and policy. She has extensive research experience working with a range of early education and care providers, community organizations, public school systems, and state agencies.

Dr. Roberts has particular expertise in program quality evaluation and has worked extensively across all types of early childhood education programs, including community-based center care and family child care. She also has experience in working with Indigenous Communities and currently leads two major projects related to early care systems and Indigenous people. Importantly, Dr. Roberts combines her background in psychology with a business degree, which provides her with a unique perspective when providing technical assistance and strategic planning support to organizational capacity-building.

Dr. Roberts joined BTC in 2018. She co-leads the evaluation efforts with several partners, including Keiki Steps, Neighborhood Villages, and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Project LAUNCH.


  • PhD, New York University; Psychological Development
  • MBA, Babson College; Business Administration
  • MA, New York University; Educational Psychology

Areas of Special Interest and Expertise

  • Early childhood education, and quality of care
  • Family well-being
  • Developmental evaluation and school readiness
  • Policy development related to well-being for families and children
  • Program development, including strategic planning, translating data into programming action steps, and program capacity-building