Julie Riordan, principal research scientist and a leader in the field of educational research, facilitates systemic change in education through applied research and strategic engagement with policymakers and educators. Riordan has extensive experience in the evaluation of education policy, organizational change in schools, and the use of evidence to guide decision-making to improve student outcomes.

Riordan is the director of the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. She has deep expertise in research design and methods, needs assessment, and strategic dissemination. She serves on the Digital Promise Advisory Board for Research@Work, an advisory panel for the Providence Education Research Consortium. She is a subject matter expert on systems change for the scale-up of social emotional learning and mental health supports for students in Massachusetts schools. Riordan also serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

Her research interests include school improvement, teacher preparation and effectiveness, collaborative research models, child health and school health, and whole child approaches.

Riordan holds a PhD in Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.