Senior Associate

Dechausay specializes in the applications of behavioral science to social programs, rapid-cycle evaluation, data-driven technical assistance, and implementation research. She is project director and site leader for pilot tests in the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) project, sponsored by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, and directs the Nudges to Increase Customer Engagement (NICE) project with New York City’s child support program. She is project manager and site leader for pilot tests in the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) and BIAS-Next Generation projects sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. She has worked with state and local child support, child care, and self-sufficiency programs to diagnose behavioral bottlenecks to program performance, to design solutions that incorporate behavioral insights, and to test these solutions using quick and iterative randomized controlled trials. Dechausay’s other major project work focuses on the design and implementation of financial incentives programs (Opportunity NYC, Social Innovation Fund, and Paycheck Plus). She led the implementation study of the Social Innovation Fund’s Family Rewards Program, a conditional cash transfer program that offers cash incentives to low-income families who make investments in their development and advancement. She is an ABD in sociology at New York University and holds JD (with honors) and MA degrees in human development and applied psychology and criminology from the University of Toronto.