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Kasia Steinka-Fry

Senior Research Assistant
College of Education


Katarzyna (Kasia) Steinka-Fry is a Senior Research Assistant II with the HEDCO Institute. Katarzyna has over 15 years of experience in the evaluation research in social and health science. She specializes in data management, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis. Previously, she worked at Vanderbilt University and as an independent research consultant. Her prior work focused on interventions for juvenile offenders, adolescent substance use, teen pregnancy prevention, maternal and infant health, school safety, and academic achievement. 

In her current role in the HEDCO Institute, Katarzyna participates in rapid evidence reviews and research syntheses of evidence related to K-12 schooling, including topics of students’ educational, social, behavioral, and emotional well-being.


MPA, 2008, Augusta University, GA
Major: Public Administration

M.A., B.A., 2006, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Major: Sociology

Georgia Rotary Student Program Scholarship, 2004-2005, Augusta University, GA
Major: Social Science; Minor: German, Spanish


Juras, R., Kelsey, M., Steinka-Fry, K., Lipsey, M., Layzer, J. Tanner-Smith, E. (2022). Meta-analysis of federally funded adolescent pregnancy prevention program evaluations. Prevention Science, 23, 1169-1195.

Hensman Kettrey, H., Steinka-Fry, K. (2020). Effects of March of Dimes Supportive Pregnancy Care on maternal and infant health across diverse patient populations: A quasi-experimental multi-site pilot study. Prevention Science, 21(3), 293-307.

Steinka-Fry, K., Tanner-Smith, E., Dakof, G., Henderson, C. (2017). Culturally sensitive substance use treatment for racial/ethnic minority youth: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 75, 22-37.

Steinka-Fry, K., Fisher, B., Tanner-Smith, E. (2016). Visible school security measures across diverse middle and high school settings: Typologies and predictors. Journal of Applied Security Research, 11(4).

Steinka-Fry, K., Tanner-Smith, E., Hennessy, E. (2015). Effects of brief alcohol interventions on drinking and driving among youth: A systematic review and meta-analysisJournal of Addiction and Prevention, 3, 1-11.

Steinka-Fry, K., Wilson Jo, S., Tanner-Smith, E. (2013). Effects of school dropout prevention programs for pregnant and parenting adolescents: A meta-analytic review. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 4(4), 373-389.

Tanner-Smith, E., Steinka-Fry, K., Lipsey, M. (2013). The effects of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care on gestational age, birth weight, and fetal demise. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-9.

Lipsey, M. W., Puzio, K., Yun, C., Hebert, M. A., Steinka-Fry, K., Cole, M. W., Roberts, M., Anthony, K. S., & Busick, M. D. (2012). Translating the Statistical Representation of the Effects of Education Interventions into More Readily Interpretable Forms. (NCSER 2013-3000). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.