Katherine E. Romeo (Ph.D. 2014, University of Illinois at Chicago) is a Research Associate at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She has previously worked, under the mentorship of Dr. Stacey Horn, as both a fellow for the Ford Foundation's initiative for Youth's Sexuality and Rights and a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Communities Aligning for School Transformation (CAST) project. Katie has published and presented on several topics related to adolescent development, bias-based bullying, and interventions to improve school climate. Katie's passion for working with educators to meet young people's needs has also been shaped profoundly by her own experiences as an educator, working directly with adolescents as a tutor and teacher in various contexts and as an instructor of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katie's current work is focused on providing technical assistance to districts who are involved in CASEL's Collaborating Districts' Initiative (CDI) as they work to continuously improve their systemic implementation of social emotional learning using the CASEL District Theory of Action.