The mission of the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis is to conduct research and evaluations that are rigorous, successful, and provide useful, timely, and accurate results and reports.
Center Director, Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA)
Dr. Sybille Guy is the Director of the Center on Research, Evaluation, and Analysis (CREA) at TRI. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on statistics and methodology from UCLA. Sybille received her Master's in Organizational Psychology from California State University at Los Angeles. Sybille’s primary expertise is in statistics and evaluation, and she has worked in the field for over 20 years. In addition to her quantitative research background, she has experience with qualitative analysis and hybrid studies.
Sybille joined us from Washington State University at Vancouver (WSUV) where she worked as Special Projects Faculty in the office of Academic Affairs. Prior to WSUV, she has spent over a decade as a market researcher, working for both large and small market research companies. Sybille served as Vice President of Research & Analytics at Equation Research, Director of Media and Public Relations Research at Harris Interactive, and Director of Research at Plog Research.
Sybille started at TRI in 2013 as Lead Evaluation Specialist. Besides her work as the director of CREA, she has worked on QRIS, Project EF, and the WVCH Transformation project as well as aided in grant writing activities, survey development, and analyses for a number of other projects.
Patrick Aldrich received his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife biology and a minor in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1997. After graduation, he spent 5 years in various field biology positions, studying a wide array subjects from Bowerbird mating systems in Australia to integrated pest management of ground squirrels in Northern California. He subsequently decided to return to school to pursue a PhD at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. For his doctoral work (for which he is ABD), he studied the spatio-temporal variation of pollination networks in Hawaiian tropical dry forests. Following his graduate work, he was the project director for a project that used spatial analyses to study the random correspondence of fingerprint patterns. Through his work, he has acquired extensive experience in biostatistics. He is currently the data manager and statistician for the Oregon QRIS and other projects at the Teaching Research Institute, and continues to apply parametric, non-parametric and likelihood methodologies to analyze various datasets associated with early childhood research.
Center Director, Education Evaluation Center
Dr. Robert Ayres is Director of The Education Evaluation Center (EEC) housed at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Oregon. He has been Director of the EEC since 2014 and is also a founding member of the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA - formerly known as ERGo).
Dr. Ayres holds a standard certificate as a school psychologist and has over 35 years of experience conducting clinical assessments and consultations with students and their families on disability issues such as learning disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other social-emotional issues.
Dr. Ayres also is experienced with mixed-method/multiple-method evaluation designs and has prior experience with federal grants employing quasi-experimental pretest-posttest comparison designs and in research employing randomized control trials. He has served as principal evaluator on a variety of evaluation and research projects such as Structure of the Intellect, via contract with the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Forestry Extension Program, via contract with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and the Western Oregon University Teacher Effectiveness Project Phases I and II.
In addition, Dr. Ayres served as team investigator for the human resources portion of the Final Evaluation of the City-State Partnership, Senate Bill 795-Improvements in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) under the New Board of School Commissioners, via sub-contract with WESTAT.
Dr. Ayres previously taught Research Methods in Education for 15 years in the College of Education at Western Oregon University.
Director, Center for Health and Human Services
Dr. Pat Ketcham is the Director of the Center for Health and Human Services. She earned her Ph.D. at Oregon State University. Her primary expertise is in Public Health and assessment and evaluation. She has worked in the field for 26 years.
Pat started at TRI in 2014 as an Evaluation Specialist. Since then, she has worked on the Willamette Promise Project, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Project, and Project All.
Pat is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Oregon Program Evaluation Network (OPEN), and the American College Health Association and the American Public Health Association. She has served as President of the American College Health Association and currently chairs the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) Advisory Committee.
Center Director, Center on Educator Preparation & Effectiveness
Dr. Christina Reagle is the Director for the Center on Educator Preparation & Effectiveness. She joined The Research Institute at Western Oregon University after working at Oregon Department of Education and in Alaska. Her responsibilities are primarily focused in educational evaluation and program implementation. Dr. Reagle believes in a systems approach to education beginning with young children and continuing as adults work toward furthering their educational goals or making life changes toward a new career. She has comprehensive experience in Pre-K-12, adult, and university teaching; research and evaluation; educator preparation; program coordination; educational professional development; and grant writing. Besides education Dr. Reagle has been involved in social and mental health services, and justice department federal and state grants and contracts.
Mr. Mark Schalock currently serves as a Project Coordinator within the Center on Deaf-Blindness and a Project Director within the Center on Research, Evaluation and Analysis (CREA). Mr. Schalock earned a BS in Economics from OSU. Mark joined TRI in 1981 to conduct educational benefit-cost analyses. Mark’s primary expertise is in educational research, evaluation and data analysis. He had directed or co-directed numerous evaluation and/or research projects at the local, state and national level for over 30 years, focusing on the areas program and personnel evaluation, teacher preparation and licensure, teacher mentoring and induction, professional development, and more recently autism and deaf-blindness.
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