Research Associate

Since joining MDRC in 2008, Bernardi has worked on site development, research operations, and implementation data collection and analysis. She currently manages site operations for Paycheck Plus, which simulates an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for single workers without dependent children. Bernardi also plays a vital role as a primary site liaison for Improving Contraceptive Options Now (ICON), a demonstration project evaluating what works in the effort to expand contraceptive choices for low-income women. She is responsible for developing partnerships with providers, designing participant engagement strategies, and providing technical assistance. Previously, she contributed to the implementation evaluation of Project Rise, an internship program for “disconnected” young adults that required participants to attend high school equivalency classes. Bernardi holds a BA in community health and sociology from Brown University and a master’s degree in public administration, specializing in health policy analysis, from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.