Research Associate

Marin Christensen is a research associate at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, currently working towards a master’s degree in human development and social policy at the University of Utah.

Ms. Christensen’s academic career has focused on needs assessment, policy research and analysis, field and survey research, and program evaluation of social policy issues such as child care and early childhood education, workplace leave policies, working women, race and policy, and overdose prevention. Recent projects include interviewing Utah district attorneys to assess the overdose prevention efforts of Utah’s Good Samaritan Law, surveying Utah women regarding their participation in the economy, surveying convention participants for economic impact analyses of visitors to Salt Lake County, and analyzing focus group data of local business and community leaders regarding election topics for the Policy Institute’s Informed Decisions project.

Marin earned a B.S. in consumer and community studies and a B.S. human development and family studies, both from the University of Utah.