Collaborative Research Initiative

 


Who We Are

The diverse backgrounds of our research team make us unique. We have research team members who have particular expertise in areas such as community-based participatory research, program evaluation, improvement science, qualitative and quantitative research methodology, public health, systems of care, early childhood education, family engagement, special education, mental health counseling, and instructional systems technology. The collaboration of our team members informs projects that examine variables of child functioning across many child serving sectors.

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Staff

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CRI Director, Dr. Allison Howland

Allison Howland, PhD, is a research scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University-Bloomington. She develops the evaluation study and leads the MIECHV evaluation project. Her research interests include program evaluation, family studies, substance abuse prevention, special education, longitudinal data analysis, and mixed-methods study designs.

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Meagan Benetti

Meagan Benetti is a Visiting Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Initiative with the Center for Research on Learning and Technology. She recently graduated with a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Counselor Education with an emphasis on Community-Based Counseling, from Indiana University’s School of Education. During her graduate experience she held internships as a therapist at a child and adolescent residential treatment facility as well as with a community youth shelter. She completed her undergraduate experience at the University of California Santa Barbara where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology and Counseling. Her research interests include prevention services and policy development for child and adolescent wellbeing, incorporating trauma-informed principles into existing mental health and social services, and connecting program and systems evaluation to social policy.

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Li-Ting Chen

Li-Ting Chen

Li-Ting Chen, PhD, is a research associate at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her role in this project is to work with the PI and PD to choose and design appropriate sub-studies in the evaluation project to address research questions. She also leads the quantitative analysis of the evaluation project. Her research interests include program evaluation, effect size estimation, parenting, and early childhood education.

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Li-Ting Chen

Shenghai Dai

Shenghai Dai is currently a PhD candidate in the Inquiry Methodology Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at School of Education, Indiana University (IU). He is also pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Statistics at IU. His research interests lie in quantitative methodology and psychometric theories as well as their implementations in educational contexts, such as missing data, cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs), Item Response Theory (IRT), multi-level modeling (MLM), and structural equation modeling (SEM). Before came to IU, he received his B.A. and M.A. in Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics in Beijing Language and Culture University.

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Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is a PhD student in Curriculum Studies (Early Childhood Education) and Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University Bloomington. She obtained a B.A. in English Language and Sociology from the National University of Singapore and an M.A in Child Development from Tufts University. She enjoys working with children and spent five years as a drama teacher in Singapore. While at Tufts University, she worked at the Developmental Technologies Research Group, studying how kindergarten teachers use a new technological tool in the classroom and how different teaching methods can facilitate learning in young children. She is interested in studying the intersection of education, intervention, and familial support-- how they can lead to better outcomes for children.

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Maureen Mahns

Maureen Mahns is the project coordinator for MIECHV in Collaborative Research Initiative team at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her role in this project includes budgetary support as well as working on various assignments within the project such as conducting interviews, transcribing interviews and helping with quarterly benchmark data.

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Justin Paulsen

Justin Paulsen is a PhD student at Indiana University's School of Education Inquiry Methodology program. Justin completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Russian at Brigham Young University and a Master's of Public Administration and Russian Studies at the University of Washington. While at the University of Washington, he worked with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Agricultural Development researching African smallholder agriculture. During the past 2 years, Justin has been a lead evaluator at the Missionary Training Center evaluating pilot efforts to improve Mormon missionaries' language learning. Justin is interested in program evaluation, mixed methodology, and effectively reporting findings to stakeholders.

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Yuming Peng

Yuming Peng is a PhD student at Indiana University's School of Education Instructional Systems Technology program. Yuming completed a Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology program at the Western Illinois University. His role in CRI is technology support, website designer and developer, Incredible Years data management and analyses.

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Lauren Wright

Lauren Wright, M.S.Ed., is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington’s (IUB) School of Education. She is also minoring in Inquiry Methodology, with an emphasis on quantitative methodology. She currently works as a research assistant at the Collaborative Research Initiative (CRI) in the Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT) at IUB. She previously attended Davidson College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Psychology in 2011. She also obtained her Master of Science degree in Learning and Developmental Sciences (Educational Psychology) at IUB in December 2014. She has worked for the past four years with youth, undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-traditional students at the following locations as a supervised mental health counselor in training: IUB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Ivy Tech Counseling and Outreach in Bloomington, IN, Center for Human Growth at the School Education at IUB, Office of Alternative Screening and Intervention Services (OASIS) at IUB, and Batchelor Middle School in Bloomington, IN. Her research interests include evidence-based practice, meta-analysis, substance abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention, and evaluation of mental health and social services for underserved youth and their families.

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Po-Ju Wu

Po-Ju Wu, MS, is a research associate at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University-Bloomington. His role in this project is to co-lead the quantitative analysis of the evaluation project. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, statistical computing, and psychometrics.Po-Ju Wu, MS, is a research associate at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University-Bloomington. His role in this project is to co-lead the quantitative analysis of the evaluation project. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, statistical computing, and psychometrics.

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Nicole Zautra

Nicole Zautra, is a Visiting Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Initiative and a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Nicole completed her Master of Public Health degree at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in 2011 Prior to joining the Collaborative Research Initiative, Nicole worked as a Health Program Manager for the Arizona Department of Health Services where she designed, implemented, and managed multiple statewide child health promotion programs. As a member of the Collaborative Research Initiative and a pragmatic applied public health researcher, Nicole is engaged in the on-going, theory driven evaluation studies of Indiana Project LAUNCH, the Indiana MIECHV Program, and Project SEL3CT. Her research interests include mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, health care service utilization, and health policy evaluation.

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