My name is Pratik Mhatre. I have a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science program from Texas A&M University, College Station. I also have a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from PiCA, University of Mumbai, India.
My current research interests are in the field of education and how mindsets and college access/readiness initiatives affect academic outcomes. I hope to study the linkages between educational outcomes on the neighborhoods they are located in to examine subsequent neighborhood or demographic changes if any. I am deeply interested in the relationship of public policy and the environment; especially the intersection of public education & health policies and their impact on socio-economic characteristics of the neighborhood/community.
My graduate school research has involved looking at economic and social effects of remediation of contaminated properties. I was involved in the examination of the impact of redevelopment plans and policies on sociodemographic changes in communities and neighborhoods with a special focus on gentrification and brownfields remediation and revitalization as contemporaneous changes from physical changes. I like studying gentrification and impact of technology and culture on the evolution of urban spaces. I am interested in local economic development and how public-private partnerships can be leveraged for regional growth with the help of technology, innovation, and nurturing competitive advantages.
Currently, I’m working at the Population Research Center (PRC) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m the Study Director for the National Study of Learning Mindsets, the largest-ever randomized controlled trial of growth mindset interventions in the United States. This study is designed to understand which kinds of students, in which kinds of classrooms, and which kinds of schools are most likely to benefit from online exercises designed to foster learning mindsets. The study works with more than 76 schools across the nation. The study is led by Dr. David Yeager, Dr. Chandra Muller, and Dr. Rob Crosnoe at UT Austin with Dr. Angela Duckworth and Dr. Carol Dweck as partners at U. Penn. and Stanford respectively.
Prior to my current position, I was working at the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) housed within the College of Education also at the University of Texas at Austin. I was the Project Director for the To College and Beyond GEAR UP grant serving eight school districts in the greater Austin and San Antonio region. Previously, I was primarily responsible for research and data analysis for the Texas GEAR UP State Project and coordinated data collection and its subsequent analysis for the four selected GEAR UP school districts in Texas and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Previously, at the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI), I was involved in program evaluation, needs assessment, survey methodology, SAS programming, and GIS analysis. I conducted SAS programming and report-making for surveys pertaining to nearly 240 school districts in Texas for the Department of Health and Human Services. I was also primarily responsible for sampling and preparing maps for survey purposes using GIS and Census data for Texas-Mexico Caetano Border Alcohol and Drug Survey Project. I have analyzed qualitative data for examining the extent and pattern of disproportionate minorities in the juvenile justice system in Texas using SPSS Text Analysis Tools. I have gained extensive knowledge and experience in coding and programming surveys using LimeSurvey, QDS, and Scantron.
While at PPRI, I partnered with Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at TAMU to conduct data management, analysis and reporting for trends and patterns of 211 calls in Texas for the Department of Homeland Security.
I have used GIS mapping and programming tools extensively including spatial modeling techniques for analyzing social and economic change. I am trained in program evaluation and public policy analysis of planning, health and education programs with the help of analytical tools like Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, and HLM.
My current fields of expertise are project management, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting and financial planning, and data management. I’ve previously been involved with data analysis and statistical research using SAS, SPSS, and R, GIS mapping, modeling, and programming using ArcGIS, spatial statistics using ArcGIS, R, and GeoDa.