Romilla Karnati

Romilla Karnati is Senior Research Advisor with the NCAL/ILI at the University of Pennsylvania. Romilla received her Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (ISHD) program at the Graduate School of Education, and is currently working at Teachers College Columbia University.   She completed her Masters in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2000.   Romilla has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Literature and Economics from Mount Carmel College, India. She came to the US in 1998 to pursue her higher studies. Romilla has been actively involved in research projects evaluating the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project and later Head Start Math Research under Dr. Frye at the University of Pennsylvania.   Romilla joined the International Literacy Institute and worked on the BFI project since its inception.   She was involved in the review of educational software, design of assessment measures, program implementation, data collection and data analyses of the BFI-India project. Her research topic was on the impact of computer-aided instruction on school dropouts in rural India.   Her research interests are in literacy, IT, international education and development. 

Education: PhD: Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania, MPS: University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate: Psychology, Literature, and Economics, Mount Carmel College, India

Areas of Expertise: literacy, IT, international education and development

Literacy.org involvement: Senior Advisor