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Iheoma Iruka, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation


Dr. Iheoma Iruka joined the Buffett Institute in 2014 and oversees applied research and evaluation studies involving children from birth – Grade 3 and their families. She served previously as associate director for research at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research has focused on determining how early experiences affect the development of low-income and ethnic minority children and the role of the family and educational environments in this process. Iruka received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Miami (Florida) in applied developmental psychology.

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