Kathryn A. (Katie) Wheeler

Research Associate

Ed.D., Harvard University

Kathryn A. (Katie) Wheeler, Ed.D. rejoined the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) as a research associate in 2016 after a 14-year hiatus. Her expertise is in programs that empower girls. She has worked in a variety of capacities in this field, ranging from grant-making to evaluating individual programs and assessing community needs.


Katie holds a doctorate in education from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, where she worked with renowned scholar, Dr. Carol Gilligan, examining girls’ relationships with science. She holds a bachelor of arts with honors in psychology from Pitzer College.


Katie served as editor-in-chief of Teen Voices -- a feminist magazine for adolescent girls -- and editor of Girl Matters, a journal for adults who live and/or work with girls. She was also executive director of the Girls’ Coalition of Greater Boston -- an organization that served girls by supporting their adult advocates.


Wheeler is the current president of the Anna B. Stearns Foundation. She is also a member of AERA (American Educational Research Association) and NAA (National Afterschool Asssociation) as well as the Religious Education committee and the nursery volunteer coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading (MA).

Awards & Recognition

Doctoral qualifying paper at Harvard University was passed with distinction.


    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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