Emily Merola

Research Associate

Why LEO?

“I joined LEO because of the opportunity to engage with research that’s high-quality on its own, but also purposeful for LEO’s provider partners and their clients. I’m excited about contributing to LEO’s role as a source of evidence for policy, and I’m encouraged by the potential impact that evaluations like LEO’s can have on the delivery of better programs and anti-poverty policies.

I most enjoy connecting with LEO’s provider partners. Their work is inspiring, and they keep the technicalities of research grounded in meaningful purpose. ”


Emily ensures research projects move forward successfully alongside the leadership of research faculty. She works with partners to initiate research designs, collects and analyzes data for each project, and prepares results for future audiences. Emily earned her BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the LEO team full-time, she interned as one of LEO’s undergraduate research assistants.

Email: emerola@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.1908
Office: Jenkins Nanovic 4018A