Amelia Topper

Senior Researcher
Coffey Consulting, LLC
Bethesda MD
Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Amy Topper is a Senior Researcher with a Coffey Consulting. She has worked in education as a teacher and researcher for over 16 years and is interested in issues of student access and success, financial aid policies, vocational/career training education, charter schools, historically marginalized student populations, and knowledge mobilization. Dr. Topper's areas of expertise include program and policy evaluation, paper and e-survey design and administration, and qualitative research methods including interviews, focus groups, and visual techniques. She is a well-versed program manager and has managed and collaborated on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies examining higher education outcomes for the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the National Education Association, the Community College Research Center, among other governmental and non-governmental organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation with a specialization in Higher Education from Arizona State University, a Master’s in Leadership in Teaching from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics and Science from St. John’s College.