Dr. Parnika Bhatia is a researcher with more than seven years of experience in the education sector. At School-to-School International, Bhatia works as the technical lead and advisor for several programs, designing tools and analyzing data of research studies for early-grade reading and mathematics assessments. She has also worked on project evaluations related to socio-emotional learning, inclusive education, and education technology. Additionally, she supports capacity building for partners in quantitative research methods.
Bhatia is driven to enable effective and equitable educational outcomes for all students. Her journey as an educator began in India during her tenure with the Teach for India fellowship. Bhatia’s academic research examines the neural and behavioral mechanisms of fraction learning in children and adults with and without dyscalculia. Her academic work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals like the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Learning Disability Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Cerebral Cortex. Bhatia has collaborated with school leaders, teachers, and researchers to work with students with differing cognitive abilities across three countries—India, the United States, and France—before joining STS.
Bhatia completed her master’s in education with a concentration in mind, brain, and education at Harvard University and her doctorate in developmental cognitive science at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France). She speaks fluent English and Hindi as well as beginner-level French and Punjabi.