Lindsay Coleman Page
Associate Professor

Lindsay C. Page is an associate professor of research methodology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, a research scientist at Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center, and a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work focuses on quantitative methods and their application to questions regarding the effectiveness of educational policies and programs across the pre-school to postsecondary spectrum. Much of her work has involved large-scale experimental or quasi-experimental studies to investigate the causal effects strategies for improving students’ transition to and through college. She is particularly interested in policy efforts to improve college access and success for students who would be first in their family to reach postsecondary education. She holds a doctorate in quantitative policy analysis and master's degrees in statistics and in education policy from Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Instructional Interests

  • Applied regression analysis
  • Causal inference in educational research

Scholarly Interests

  • College access and success
  • Economics of education
  • Proactive student outreach and support
  • Quantitative policy analysis
  • Causal inference

Selected Grants

  • Scaling student support with conversational artificial intelligence. Co-principal investigator with H. Gehlbach. The Kresge Foundation. $374,786. (2019 – 2023)

  • Study of an information strategy to increase enrollment in post-secondary education. Co-principal investigator with A. Mayer. Institute for Education Sciences contract. $4.2 million. (2016 – 2022)

  • Financial aid nudges: A national experiment to increase retention of financial aid and college persistence. Co-Principal investigator with S. Goldrick-Rab (PI), B. L. Castleman & B. Sacerdote. Institute for Education Sciences. $2.18 million. (2016 – 2021)

  • Impact evaluation of the Dell Scholars Program. Principal investigator. Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. $88,077. (2015 – 2016)

  • Matching in multilevel contexts. Co-principal investigator with L. Keele. Spencer Foundation. $385,733. (2019 – 2021)

Featured Publications

  • Page, L. C., Lenard, M. & Keele, L. (2020). The design of clustered observational studies in education. AERA Open, 6(3), 1 – 14.

  • Page, L. C., Castleman, B. L., & Meyer, K. (2020). Customized nudging to improve FAFSA completion and income verification. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 42(1), 3-21.

  • Page, L. C., Iriti, J., Lowry, D. J. & Anthony, A. M. (2019). The promise of place-based investment in college access and success: Investigating the impact of the Pittsburgh Promise. Education Finance and Policy, 14(4), 572 – 600.

  • Page, L. C., Kehoe, S. S., Castleman, B. L. & Sahadewo, G. A. (2019). More than dollars for scholars: The impact of the Dell Scholars Program on college access, persistence and degree attainment. Journal of Human Resources, 54(3), 683 – 725.

  • Page, L. C. & Gehlbach, H. (2017). How an artificially intelligent virtual assistant helps students navigate the road to college. AERA Open, 3(4), 1 – 12.

Awards and Honors

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Career Award (2020)

  • University of Pittsburgh Partnership of Distinction Award, Honorable Mention (2019)

  • Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness Best Article Award (2018)

  • National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017 – 2018)

  • Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Early Career Award (2017)

Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service

Selected professional service:

  • Educational Researcher, Associate Editor

  • Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Board member

  • AERA Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award selection committee

Selected university service:

  • University of Pittsburgh College in High School Program, Advisory board member

  • Learning Research and Development Center, executive committee member
Lindsay Coleman Page


University of Pittsburgh
5918 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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