Thank you for browsing my personal website. I am a Principal Researcher at American Institutes for Research based in Washington, DC. I am a methodologist with a passion for approachable and applicable quantitative methodologies. I attended Loyola University Chicago through 2013, receiving my Ph.D., and then I participated in an Institute of Education Science's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University until 2015. In the fall of 2017, I moved from Development Services Group, Inc., where I was a Senior Research Scientist, to join AIR. 

My research interests are varied and nuanced, and focus primarily on social science and education issues. In the past, I've been involved with large-scale cluster-randomized trial impact evaluations and I enjoy improving our understanding of what works in social science. In graduate school I consulted on research projects that use longitudinal observational data and these have lead to a few interesting analyses. If you look closely at my CV, you will see I do some applied measurement analyses like exploratory or confirmatory factor analysis. 

My substantive interests mainly involve social science topics and a lot my work has been in the prevention of school violence and problem behaviors. I believe we have an obligation to try to prevent school bullying, increase positive bystander behaviors (in children, teachers, administrators, and parents), and improve academic success. These issues lend themselves to a variety of areas using traditional educational research but include the use of crime and justice and social work research. 

But my passion is to improve the methods of systematic review and meta-analysis. We've come a long way in the last 40-ish years since the industry was revolutionized. To think we have it all figured out is simply shortsighted: we have a lot more to streamline and get right. My past work with the Campbell Collaboration, as Managing Editor of the Methods Group, taught me this lesson countless time. If you click over to my research projects page or academic presentations page, you can catch a glimpse of some of the projects I currently work on. These won't change the research world, but I think they move us closer to answering the right questions. My courses and teaching page provide an overview of some of the training and teaching I've conducted. And from time to time, I will post R code that usually involves meta-analysis or other fun workarounds.

So join me on this quest! Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or random thoughts. 

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