Stephani L. Wrabel

Stephani L. Wrabel
Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
she/her

Education

Ph.D. in urban education policy, University of Southern California; M.Ed. in student personnel in higher education, University of Florida; B.A. in psychology, Boston University

Overview

Stephani L. Wrabel (she/her) is a policy researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She conducts research to improve practices, programs, and policies that shape the lives of students and military-connected people. Her portfolio includes research focused on standards-based school accountability policy, student and school mobility, social and emotional learning, Department of Defense (DoD)-funded youth programs, and military and national security education opportunities. Her work has shaped both state and federal policy. Wrabel currently serves as a principal investigator on a series of studies focused on DoD-funded youth programs, such as the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She led the independent evaluation of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety. 

Before pursuing her doctorate, she was a university administrator. Wrabel earned her Ph.D. in urban education policy from the University of Southern California. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida and a B.A. from Boston University.

Selected Publications

Wrabel, Stephani L., Jennie W. Wenger, Melissa Kay Diliberti, Christopher Joseph Doss, and Jenna W. Kramer, Understanding the Impact of Department of Defense Youth Programs on Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide, RAND Corporation (RR-A2697-1), 2024

Bush-Mecenas, Susan, Ashley Woo, Stephani L. Wrabel, Sabrina Lee, and Brian Kim, Building Organizational and Individual Capacities in State and Local Education Agencies: The First Five Years of the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, RAND Corporation (RR-A1161-2), 2023

Wenger, Jennie W., Stephani L. Wrabel, Thomas E. Trail, Louay Constant, Wing Yi Chan, Kathryn A. Edwards, Joy S. Moini, and Hanna Han, Developing Outcome Measures for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, RAND Corporation (RR-A271-5), 2022

Wrabel, Stephani L., Susan Bush-Mecenas, and Ashley Woo, Seeking Balance in the Provision of Technical Assistance: Insights from the National Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, RAND Corporation (RR-A1161-1), 2021

Schwartz, Heather L., Laura S. Hamilton, Susannah Faxon-Mills, Celia J. Gomez, Alice Huguet, Lisa H. Jaycox, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Andrea Prado Tuma, Katie Tosh, Anamarie A. Whitaker, and Stephani L. Wrabel, Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning, RAND Corporation (RR-A379-1), 2020

Wrabel, Stephani L., Laura S. Hamilton, Anamarie A. Whitaker, and Sean Grant, Investing in Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning: Companion Guide to Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review, RAND Corporation (RR-2739), 2018

Grant, Sean, Laura S. Hamilton, Stephani L. Wrabel, Celia J. Gomez, Anamarie A. Whitaker, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Fatih Unlu, Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Garrett Baker, Mark Barrett, Mark A. Harris, and Alyssa Ramos, Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review, RAND Corporation (RR-2133), 2017

Herman, Rebecca, Susan M. Gates, Aziza Arifkhanova, Mark Barrett, Andriy Bega, Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Eugeniu Han, Mark A. Harris, Katya Migacheva, Rachel Ross, Jennifer T. Leschitz, and Stephani L. Wrabel, School Leadership Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review: Updated and Expanded, RAND Corporation (RR-1550-3), 2017

Publications