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Faculty & Staff Affiliates

Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier
Director, Associate Professor, College of Education. Lohmeier has been conducting grant funded internal and external program evaluations for over 10 years. She was formally the director of the School Program Evaluation and Research center at the University of Kansas. She has been teaching graduate level program evaluation and data analysis classes for almost 20 years.

Christopher T. Allen

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His current research focuses on how gender socialization of men and boys has contributed to their under representation in efforts to prevent gender-based violence. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University and a Research Fellow in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been involved in the evaluation of several gender-based violence programs focused the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. Christopher earned a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Judith Davidson
Associate Professor, College of Education, brings broad experience in qualitative research methods. She is skilled in working with complex and complicated team or interdisciplinary projects from research design to analysis and presentation. Highly knowledgeable of the technologies of qualitative research, she is experienced training others to use these technologies, project-set-up, and straightening out the bumps in the process. In addition to working with standard forms of qualitative research data such as interviews and observations, she also brings diverse experience with processes for working with visual data, artifacts, and historical materials.

Ainat Koren
Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing. Koran has experience conducting program evaluations in the field of reproductive health and other health promotion areas in the past 12 years. Her skills include grant writing; project design and administration; mixed methods research; interview guides and survey design; sampling; and data collection, management, analysis and creating final reports. Koren is willing to contribute consulting and evaluation services to students faculty and staff across campus and community partners. Also I’m able to administer workshops in program evaluation.

Sarah Kuhn
Professor, Psychology, will assist the Center as needed, including consulting for faculty and some workshop instruction. Kuhn teaches a Program Evaluation course and a Grant Writing course in the department of psychology, and for many years taught a Qualitative Research Methods course in the department of regional economic and social development. She has served as program evaluator for National Science Foundation service learning grants in UML's College of Engineering and a program joining computer science and the arts in UML's College of Sciences.

Alyssa McCabe
Professor, Psychology Department. McCabe has strengths in Qualitative assessment. She has worked with Lohmeier and Davidson on previous projects.

Xiaoxia Newton
Associate Professor in the Research and Evaluation program at UMass Lowell's College of Education. She has extensive methodological training from UCLA's Social Research Methodology division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has applied a wide variety of methodologies studying several key components of the mathematics education system (classroom teaching and learning, teacher preparation and professional development) and investigating several broader contextual issues (e.g., teacher turnover, accountability using VAM) in the US at both the K-12 and higher education context. Her current work focuses on preservice STEM majors' mathematical content understanding for teaching K-12 students. In addition, using evaluation research as an important R&D tool, she is extending her research to investigate whether or not teaching scientific inquiry to undergraduate STEM majors would equip them with the skills to feel comfortable teaching mathematical concepts using an inquiry approach at the middle/high school level.

Jason Rydberg
Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research concerns the intersections of prisoner reentry, community supervision, and recidivism - particularly as these issues relate to sex offender management in the community. He has been involved in the evaluation of criminal justice programming - serving as a project manager in a multi-state impact evaluation of sex offender residence restrictions, leading the design and analysis of an evaluation of a hotspots policing initiative in Flint, Michigan, and as a research partner for Project Safe Neighborhoods in Detroit. More recently, his research has examined the use of incident-based reporting system data for informing targeted anti-violence interventions, and ongoing research examines the impact of a parolee call-in intervention on firearm violence. Jason earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

Stacy Agee Szczesiul
Assistant professor, College of Education, Leadership in Schooling program. Szczesiul offers a depth of qualitative expertise in program evaluation, given her extensive school and district-based research over the past ten years. Szczesiul has worked with Latham on prior grants.

Robin Toof
Director, Center for Community Research & Engagement and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Service Learning and Community-Co-op Resource Office, has a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and a master’s in Community Social Psychology. Toof has worked in the field of research and evaluation, community partnerships, program management and facilitation for over 20 years. Evaluation projects that she has led include: Lowell Police Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security funded community safety initiatives; Lowell Police Departments ex-offender reentry program; Lowell Community Health Center’s substance abuse prevention and healthy teens programming, CDC-funded Cambodian Community Health 2010 health disparities reduction program; four Center for Substance Abuse Prevention projects located in Lowell, Worcester and Lawrence; City of Lowell Weed and Seed and Problem Solving grants; Lowell School Department’s health curriculum; Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Lowell Housing Authority’s partnership to improve services to elders and disable residents; and Family Service, Inc.’s HIV/AIDS prevention, Marriage Enrichment and AMIGOS mentoring programs. She has taught graduate courses in program evaluation, grant writing, and working with groups and has supervised numerous graduate student directed study and practicum projects. Toof will work collaboratively with the Center for Program Evaluation as needed and bring her expertise in developing community-university partnership, designing logic models and SMART goals and objectives, creating new methods to measure progress and outcomes (survey and interview protocols), obtaining IRB approval, conducting assessments, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and reporting for partners and funders.

Scott Latham
Associate Professor, Chair, Strategy, Manning School of Business. Professor Latham is a recognized scholar in the areas of organizational decline, innovation, and strategic renewal. He has been published in the top journals in the organizational studies field. He has extensive experience in managing new centers and securing external funding. He has worked on projects, including M2D2 (Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center) and the National Park Service, with colleagues from engineering and Stacy Szczesiul, a CPE researcher from the College of Education, respectively. As Executive Director at M2D2, he was part of the senior team that helped the center evolve to sustainable, viable initiative. Professor Latham was also instrumental in launching the Manning School of Business’ PhD program and recently co-authored Mastering Strategy by Michael R. Braun & Scott F. Latham.

Andrew Harris
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor in the University’s School of Criminology and Justice Studies. Harris’s research examines the implementation of public policies at the intersection of criminal justice and human services. He is currently Principal Investigator for a major national study, funded by the National Institute of Justice, investigating law enforcement perspectives on sex offender registration and notification, and also serves as co-PI on a national study evaluating the impacts of registration and notification on youth who have sexually offended. Between 2010 and 2013, he led a major national study funded by the DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and carried out in conjunction with Judy Davidson, a CPE researcher from the College of Education, designed to inform policies and practices concerning teen “sexting” and its related issues.

Laura Punnett
Professor, Occupational Epidemiology and Ergonomics. Professor Punnett serves on the CPE steering committee, collaborates on external grants, and teaches workshops. Punnett has extensive quantitative and qualitative research experience including as the Co-Director for the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) and as a Senior Associate for the Center for Women and Work (CWW). Punnett was recently named Distinguished University Professor (2013-2016) for extensive research productivity.