Tyler Watts is a Research Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Education in 2017 from the University of California, Irvine, where he was advised by Greg Duncan. Watts studies educational policies designed to promote the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children from underserved communities. Much of Watts’ work has focused on preschool programs, and his published research has examined the role that early interventions play in shaping children’s long-term developmental outcomes. Currently, Watts is working with Cybele Raver at NYU on the Chicago School Readiness Project, an early childhood intervention that was tested in inner-city Head Start centers. Watts' work on the project has focused on evaluating the effects of the early intervention on adolescent measures of neurocognitive ability and behavioral functioning. Watts' other recent work has examined the connection between school-related achievement skills and adult labor market outcomes.