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Our Team

Karen Schifferdecker

Karen Schifferdecker

Director
Karen Schifferdecker, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. A medical anthropologist, she has extensive experience overseeing and conducting evaluation projects in institutions, clinical sites, and community-based settings using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has evaluated grant- and non-grant funded studies for over 25 years and widely disseminates results from these evaluations. Examples of her grant- and contract-funded experience include evaluating community interventions through the Center for Disease Control Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth, creating patient-reported outcome measures through a PCORI-funded project, and examining variations in end-of-life quality among minority patients in an American Cancer Society funded project.

Rebecca Butcher

Rebecca Butcher

Associate Director
Rebecca Butcher, MS, MPH, has been with CPDE since 2011 after spending 20 years as a physical therapist, researcher, consultant, and Assistant Professor at Boston University. With expertise in evaluation design, mixed methods research, and project management, she leads a number of CPDE’s multi-site and multi-level evaluations, including two five-year demonstration projects in NH’s child welfare system and several state and regional population health improvement and workforce development initiatives. In her role at CPDE, Rebecca provides leadership and operational support to the rest of the team, and draws on her experience in healthcare delivery, clinical education, curricular design, and community-based research to help clients design and build an evaluation infrastructure to assess achievement of their goals.

Nancy Boyer

Nancy Boyer

Senior Research Associate
Nancy Boyer, Ph.D., has a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in social work and sociology from Boston University. Prior to joining CPDE, Nancy worked in academic and non-profit settings as a researcher and evaluator. Nancy brings over 15 years of experience evaluating programs that serve children, from birth through 18 years of age, primarily focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), innovation, and holistic skill development. Nancy’s expertise includes mixed-methods research, evaluation design and implementation, learning agenda development (e.g., logic models, theories of change), project management, grant writing, and equity and inclusion.

Kathleen Carluzzo

Kathleen Carluzzo

Senior Research Associate
Kathleen Carluzzo graduated with a Masters of Science in Healthcare Research from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Since 2010, she has contributed to a variety of qualitative and quantitative research projects at Dartmouth. She has demonstrated skills in survey design, database development, research project management, grant writing, and conducting focus groups. She has experience analyzing a variety of primary and secondary data, including those from clinical, claims, survey, patient-reported, and qualitative sources.

Catherine Denial

Catherine Denial

Research & Evaluation Associate
Catherine Denial earned her M.S. in Measurement and Evaluation from American University in 2022, and her B.A. in Anthropology from The George Washington University in 2011.
Before joining the CPDE team, she worked in disaster response and recovery, bringing years of community-centered practice and project management expertise. As an evaluator, she has done evaluation work with several disaster response and environmental non-profits in designing logic models; conducting focus groups, interviews, and surveys; and presenting results to stakeholders.

Lynn Foster-Johnson

Lynn Foster-Johnson

Faculty Fellow
Lynn Foster-Johnson, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine who is an accomplished statistician with expertise and publications in multivariate analysis methods and multi-level modeling. She also has experience working as an evaluator and regularly utilizes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods data analyses.

Shaun Golding

Shaun Golding

Senior Research Associate
Shaun Golding, PhD, comes to CPDE after a ten-year faculty career. A sociologist and social demographer, he brings mixed methods and community-based research experience, along with interests in rural health disparities, inequality, and the environment. His past studies have included analyses of population trends across the United States with geo-spatial approaches and qualitative case studies of local and regional issues. Shaun earned his doctorate and Master of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his BA from Bowdoin College.

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Linda Kinney

Research & Evaluation Associate
Linda earned her Master of Public Administration degree at Penn State University. She has many years of experience in managing research studies and has worked for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Maryland, Veteran’s Health Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She has worked on studies of vulnerable populations, including survivors of sexual assault, people with end stage cancer, and people who use opioids. The skills that she brings to her work at CPDE include conducting interviews and focus groups, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and report writing.

Erin Knight

Erin Knight

Research Scientist
Erin Knight earned her PhD in education from the University of California, Riverside. In her previous work, she conducted research on the education of students with developmental delays and evaluated the effectiveness of academic and social/emotional school-wide systems. In her work at CPDE, Erin has been involved in projects using mixed-methods approaches. She has contributed to these projects in various ways, including through survey and interview/focus group guide development, data collection and analysis, and report writing. Her skills include identifying program goals, analyzing quantitative data, and writing grants and reports.

Meghan Longacre

Senior Research Associate and Lecturer
Meghan Longacre, PhD, earned an MS and PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from The University of Arizona. An accomplished qualitative and mixed methods researcher, Meghan's research portfolio includes 20 years of research on socioecological influences on child, adolescent, and family health behaviors, with her most recent work focused on childhood obesity and childhood cancer survivors. Within CPDE, Meghan consults on research projects, mentors junior evaluators and researchers, and oversees implementation of qualitative and mixed methods evaluations.

Sidney May

Sidney May

Research & Evaluation Associate
Sidney May has an M.S. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College and a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University. She will earn her PhD in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College in April 2022. Sidney has spent the last five years developing expertise in psychometrics and quantitative data analysis, and has collaborated with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, educators, and practitioners to implement and assess programs aimed at dismantling barriers to success. As an applied researcher, she is passionate about synthesizing theoretical and empirical knowledge to help stakeholders answer complex and diverse questions. Sidney is committed to advancing equity and using data to challenge systems of oppression and marginalization.

Sharon O'Connor

Sharon O'Connor

Senior Research Scientist
Sharon O'Connor has a MS in Clinical and Health Services Research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an MBA from Boston University. With over 20 years of experience as project manager and research professional, Ms. O'Connor provides program leadership in research design and evaluation, including questionnaire, data collection, and analysis design and planning. A skilled analyst and communicator, she has worked in diverse work environments requiring high levels of collaboration and teamwork in private, public and non-profit agencies. Ms. O'Connor specializes in translating quantitative and qualitative data into clear, concise evidence and actionable results.

Bich Tran

Bich Tran

Research and Evaluation Associate

Bich Thi Ngoc Tran, PhD, joined CPDE in 2022. She earned a doctorate degree in Education Policy from University of Arkansas, a M.A. in Political Science from Illinois State University, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Asian University for Women. In her previous work, Bich conducted empirical research at the local, state, and international levels in gifted education and identification, virtual schooling, public opinion, educational leadership, and higher education. She brings this education research background, strong quantitative analysis skills, and project management support to the CPDE team and our partners.

Danielle Vaclavik

Danielle Vaclavik

Research & Evaluation Associate
Danielle Vaclavik earned her PhD in Community Psychology from DePaul University. In her previous work, she conducted research and evaluations with religious ministry organizations, homelessness service providers, and youth mentoring organizations. In her work at CPDE, Danielle is involved in a variety of projects using mixed methods approaches. She has contributed to these projects in various ways, including through survey and interview/focus group guide development, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. She earned a M.A. in Community Psychology from DePaul University and a B.A. in Psychology from Butler University.

Crystal Young

Crystal Young

Research & Evaluation Associate
Crystal Young earned her PhD in Community Psychology from DePaul University. She joined CPDE in 2021 and brings 10 years’ experience conducting research and evaluations in the areas of aging, education, gaming and online communities, tobacco cessation, and healthcare. Crystal has taught research methodology and statistics for four years and has expertise in project planning and management, open science practices, qualitative data analysis, and strategizing research communication to a variety of audiences. Crystal is involved in a variety of CPDE projects using mixed methods approaches. She earned an M.A. in applied psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of Southern Indiana.

Virginia Reed

Virginia Reed

Director Emerita
Virginia Reed, PhD, MPH, Emerita Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. She came to Dartmouth after spending many years in health care practice and consulting. She specializes in evaluation research, particularly in areas relating to medical and health care education. She has spoken extensively about implementing change in health care and about achieving cost efficiency. As a principal in the Center for Educational Outcomes at Dartmouth, a precursor to CPDE since 1997, she led evaluations for a wide range of local, national, and international programs. Dr. Reed's recent research has been in the area of learning experiences and in research methodology.