Callie Poole

Callie Poole


  • Research Staff


  • Project Manager


  • M.A., Education, Prescott College
  • B.A., Psychology, Millsaps College

Callie Poole serves as a Project Manager within the Systems Change Lab at the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) and is currently working on projects focused on early childhood care and development funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Callie provides backbone support for the statewide Mississippi Thrive! Early Childhood Development Coalition and serves as a Transitions Committee member of the Statewide Interagency Coordinating Council.  

At the SSRC, Callie has worked on several other projects. From 2018 to 2022, she was part of the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive!, a cooperative agreement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Children’s of Mississippi. The project goal was to improve Mississippi’s early childhood developmental health system, particularly for young children from birth to age five. Callie served as a co-leader for this project’s Networking Coordination workgroup and was a member of the project’s Outreach, Policy Research, and Centralized Intake & Referral System workgroups. Callie was also part of the Mississippi KIDS COUNT research and development team, an Annie E. Casey-funded program that provides policy-relevant data about the well-being of children in Mississippi, from 2018 to 2022. Callie’s past projects also include working on the evaluation team for the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, which provides technical assistance to schools around the state in implementing effective and sustainable school wellness councils as part of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007, and Mississippi’s Market Rate Survey project, which helps determine the market rate of child care and is funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Callie holds a B.A. in psychology from Millsaps College with minors in English and business and a concentration in human services. She also holds an M.A. in education from Prescott College with a concentration in cultural studies. Before coming to the SSRC, Callie worked in children’s behavioral health and early childhood and elementary education.