A joint venture between the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division and the Division of the Social Sciences, the TMW Center is truly an interdisciplinary research institute. Dr. Dana Suskind and Dr. John List co-founded the TMW Center in 2017. They currently serve as Co-Directors, managing an interdisciplinary team of economists, psychologists, technologists, curriculum developers, and other experts.

We have built a highly qualified and committed team to execute our Center’s bold and multi-faceted approach to achieving our mission. Leveraging our team’s individual and collective strengths, we engage families, harness technology, leverage behavioral economics, and work collaboratively across systems. Our team’s unique pairing of economic science and early childhood development science allows us to develop scalable models that reach more than one community at a time, and ultimately, to inform public policy nationally.


Dana L. Suskind

Founder and Co-Director

John A. List

Founder and Co-Director


Steph Avalos-Bock

Tech Platform Project Manager

Amanda Bezik

Senior Project Manager, Research Operations

Katie Dealy

Chief Operating Officer

Laura DiCola

Director of Innovation and Partnerships

Yolie Flores

National Campaign Director, Parent Nation

Zayra E. Flores-Ayffan

Technical Assistance Coordinator for CWDP

Kelsey Foreman

Curriculum Developer

Veeratej Garre

Principal Algorithm Engineer

Caroline Gaudreau

Research Professional

Paige Gulling

Research Support Assistant

Snigdha Gupta

Senior Manager of Technology and Innovation

Michael Homrich


Imrul Huda

Data Science Analyst

Jacob Justh

Jr. Software Developer

Min Sok Lee


Christy Y.Y. Leung

Director, TMW Research

Dani Levine

Principal SPEAK Researcher

Andy Lewis

Manager of Operations & Staff/Student Development

Arnoldo Muller

Chief Technology Officer

Oscar Noriega

Applied Data Fellow

Cat Pastoor


Julie Pernaudet

Research Associate

Liz Sablich

Director of Communications

Michelle Saenz

Senior Project Manager of Training and Early Implementation

Jodi Savitt

Finance and Operations

Melissa Segovia

Project Manager, Research Analysis Team

Heidi Stevens

Creative Director, Parent Nation

Elizabeth Suskind

Chief Creative Officer

Alicia Taylor

SPEAK CAT Research Coordinator

Mia Thompson

Project Manager, 3Ts and Let’s Talk

Jon Wenger

Special Projects Manager