Teresa Garcia Duncan, PhD

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. Duncan currently serves as a co-principal investigator for a large randomized controlled trial (RCT) at Chicago that focuses on the impact of Math for All (a professional development program in mathematics) on the instructional practices and pedagogical content knowledge of elementary school teachers (regular classroom and special education) and on the mathematics achievement of their students. Since 2012, other recent projects include a randomized controlled trial in Philadelphia focusing on improving absenteeism; an examination of states’ policies on compulsory school attendance, an assessment of rural students’ cognitive and affective engagement; an analysis of the effects of a principal coaching program; three formative evaluations (on early childhood readiness teams in Delaware; of the District of Columbia student re-engagement center; and of a STEM high school initiative in Maryland) and serving on several National Science Foundation (NSF) grants as the external evaluator.

She is also an accomplished administrator: from 2012-2017, she successfully led the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Mid-Atlantic Region (REL MA), a five-year federal contract valued at $27,182,241. As Director of REL MA, she led a large team of researchers and technical assistance experts to work in partnership with policymakers, practitioners, and communities in implementing education reform, by providing technical support and conducting applied research and evaluation studies for the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. She provided technical leadership and was responsible for ensuring effective project functioning at all levels. Her responsibilities included providing oversight and direction to project staff, subcontractor organizations, and consultants; coordinating project-wide staffing, budget, and timelines; serving as a key contact to SEAs and LEAs in the mid-Atlantic region; and reporting directly to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Institute for Education Science (IES).

Prior to establishing Deacon Hill Research Associates LLC, Dr. Duncan was a Senior Fellow (2010-2015), then an Expert Consultant at ICF International (2015-present). She was a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (1999-2010) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (1993-1999), where she held a joint appointment between the Quantitative Methods and the Learning, Cognition, and Instruction domains in the Department of Educational Psychology. She also taught at the Summer Institute for Survey Research Techniques at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor from 1996-1998. Dr. Duncan is the author or co-author of publications appearing in peer-reviewed journals such as Educational and Psychological Measurement, Applied Measurement in Education, and Educational Psychologist.

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