Dr. Katherine Larson is the Executive Director of Raise Inspired Kids, and Senior Trainer of ALAS Dropout Prevention.
Dr. Larson is a nationally recognized scholar in the field of education and is a Researcher Emeritus from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Larson has published extensively and been an invited speaker to many conferences focusing on youth and families. She has served as an expert witness at both California State hearings and U.S. Department of Education hearings.
Dr. Larson explains that the powerful success of her various intervention programs for high risk youth is due in large part to teaching high risk youth the skills of personal mastery and the mindsets of success as well as coaching youth workers and educators how to empower children with these skills and attitudes.
Dr. Larson's breakthrough study on the prevention of violence and crime by juvenile gang members is recognized as a best practice in juvenile correction intervention and was shown to powerfully reduce recidivism and gang involvement. Dr. Larson's and Dr. Rumberger's nationally recognized school dropout prevention ALAS is identified as exemplary and significant and is endorsed by the What Works Clearing House, the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, and the National High School Center.
Dr. Larson has her Masters Degree in the field of learning disabilities and behavior disorders with a joint specialty in gifted education. She has a life teaching credential in special education and secondary education and was a special education teacher for eight years. Dr. Larson received her Ph.D. in education from the University of California.