Senior Policy Research Associate
Kit Strong is a Senior Policy Research Associate for the First 5 Center for Children's Policy. Kit has previously worked as a mixed methods researcher for evaluation consulting firms supporting Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) for multiple non-profit hospitals throughout Northern California. Most recently, Kit worked as an in-home therapist with the Partnerships for Families prenatal-to-five, home-visitation program at Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center, a community mental health clinic in Santa Monica, CA. She delivered trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive mental health and care coordination services for pregnant and recent mothers and their children to prevent child abuse and neglect, provide treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and support family resilience. Through her clinical work, Kit learned how building trusting relationships through collaborative, strengths-based approaches can facilitate tremendous change. She applies her research and clinical knowledge to her work with the First 5 Center by cultivating meaningful partnerships within communities and listening to family voices to move the needle on early childhood systems.
Kit received her bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and holds dual masters’ degrees in public health and social work from UCLA, where she focused on family resilience research, maternal child health, and early childhood mental health.