Deborah Hecht, Ph.D. is the Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study in Education at The Graduate Center. She is particularly interested in evaluation and development of educational programs and innovations, STEM education, service-learning, character education and charter schools. Dr. Hecht has been the lead evaluator on numerous NSF projects focusing on interconnected STEM learning and engineering pedagogy, technician education, experiential learning, undergraduate research, and culturally responsive pedagogy. She has also been locally and nationally involved in development and study of service-learning as an educational pedagogy and promoting character education in schools. In 1994 she was a co-founder of one of the first charter schools in NJ.
Current evaluation and research work is in areas including developing educational innovations, STEM education, youth development, career/college pathways, culturally responsive pedagogy, college retention, workforce development, informal learning, educator faculty development, college/industry partnerships.