Elia De la Cruz Toledo-He, MPA, Ph.D.


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Elia De la Cruz Toledo-He, MPA, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. De la Cruz Toledo-He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Psychology Applied Research Center, interested in policy evaluations that focus on vulnerable populations. At her current position, she will be leading the cost-benefit analysis, as part of a statewide evaluation, of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Phase II, which involves a set of community-based interventions designed to reduce the existing gaps in mental health care for diverse populations.

Dr. De la Cruz has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and for UNICEF on various topics that include education policies and adolescent empowerment interventions. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, where she studied the effects of nonresident fathers’ child support on the socioemotional well-being of children, the economic valuation of health-related interventions for adolescents, and the influence of neighborhood context on children’s behavioral, cognitive and health trajectories. Dr. De la Cruz has teaching experience in statistical methods and development economics.

Dr. De la Cruz holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Policy Analysis and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).