Dr. Duncan has over 24 years of post-doctoral research experience in applied research and evaluation. Her methodological expertise is in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, program evaluation, survey development, and applied educational and psychological measurement. As an educational psychologist, Dr. Duncan is interested in teaching and learning from pre-K to 16; her content area expertise is in the areas of teacher professional development and student learning, cognition, and achievement, including interventions for at-risk students.
Dr. Blitz conducts critical evaluation research to identify best instructional practices and effective interventions to advance student learning and achievement. Dr. Blitz has 15 years of experience working as a social scientist and program evaluator in the health and education fields. Some of her most recent research projects include the evaluation of the impact of new instructional technology on quality of classroom instruction and student learning, and the external assessment of the New Jersey Teacher Evaluation Pilot.
John Hitchcock, PhDPrincipal Associate
Dr. Hitchcock’s particular area of interest is evaluating interventions for children with special learning needs, as well as refining methods for performing such evaluations. With extensive experience leading large federally funded projects, he has expertise in research design and associated analyses, program evaluation, and technical assistance. Dr. Hitchcock has served as the principal investigator (PI) of a What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) review and has helped developed related project standards for assessing the causal-validity of Single-Case Designs.
Rosemarie O'Conner, PhDPrincipal Associate
Dr. Rosemarie Ataya O’Conner possesses over 17 years of experience as a research methodologist, survey designer, and applied statistician. She has conducted and directed formative and summative evaluations across a broad spectrum of topics, including teacher professional development, academic instruction for at-risk youth, educational technology, literacy, and partnerships between communities and schools. Since 2012, Dr. O’Conner’s projects include serving as the Senior Researcher on an IES grant – Math for All and as the Principal Investigator of the Literacy/ESL in Employment Programs topic area on the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR). She also served as the Deputy Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (REL MA) and the Senior Study Director on evaluation activities for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) project.
Christopher Rhoads, PhDPrincipal Associate
Dr. Rhoads’ research interests focus on methodological and statistical approaches to improving causal inference in impact evaluations, particularly in the design and analysis of large, multi-level field trials. His current work involves: (a) exploring the implications of “contamination” of experimental interventions for the design and analysis of cluster randomized trials; (b) using prior information about the correlation structure to improve power and precision in cluster randomized trials; (c) determining optimal experimental designs for regression discontinuity studies; (d) exploring uses of implementation fidelity measures to improve learning from field experiments in education; and (e) understanding connections between different effect size measures in multi-level contexts.
Ms. Salinas is a communication and dissemination expert and project manager with 20 years of experience. She has coordinated implementation of communications and marketing activities from early pilot phase to test and establish market viability, to full-fledged program implementation. She has assisted local and national programs in developing goals, implementation plans, communication and dissemination plans, and in integrating research and evaluation findings into program development. She has successfully applied a social marketing framework and approach to inform message development to better serve diverse audiences on a variety of programs.
Ms. Salvador has more than 10 years of experience as a researcher. Her expertise is in program evaluation, quantitative analysis, and research synthesis. She is a skilled data analyst who is proficient in SAS, Tableau, SQL, ArcGIS, SPSS, and Excel. Ms. Salvador is knowledgeable in multiple and logistic regression, analysis of variance and covariance, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, cluster analysis, discriminant function analysis, and factor analysis. She has served as a research consultant to (2012-2016) and was a senior staff member at (2007-2012) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, building, managing, and analyzing very large data sets using a wide array of statistical procedures. She has also consulted for the Council of Children’s Rights (2013-2014), analyzing Charlotte-Mecklenburg data on a variety of issues, including kindergarten readiness and disproportionality in disciplinary actions involving the juvenile justice system, and conducted an evaluation of the Bruce Irons Camp Fund (2014).
Mr. Bahadori is an award-winning UX/UI design lead and creative director with more than 25 years of experience in brand and concept development, creative team building, product design, web design, and project coordination across traditional and emerging marketing platforms. He applies his deep understanding of effective design to public education and social marketing, while relying on proven commercial advertising techniques, agile methodology, and agency team-work approach. He firmly believes that there is a huge need in social marketing and online education for UX principles and methods, as well as more imaginative and cutting-edge graphic solutions for usability of the rapidly expanding technology.