Jenifer J. Harr-Robins, PhD, is the Deputy Director of CIFR. Formerly a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research, she has over 20 years of special education research and evaluation experience with expertise in special education finance. As a co-director of the first CIFR (2014 – 2020), she focused on CIFR’s quality assurance and provided input on the external evaluation activities.

Over the years, she has supported states with their state special education funding systems, including California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Dr. Harr-Robins was also the associate director of the Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF) and its national Special Education Expenditure Project (SEEP) and was co-author of two book chapters on special education finance.

Other special education research includes an Institute of Education Sciences study of school accountability systems, evaluations of special education programs, and examinations of special education service delivery.