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.
Dr. Serra Acar is a Project Coordinator at The Research Institute (TRI). Dr. Acar works on projects with an early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) focus. Serra received her Ph.D. in Early Intervention Program from the University of Oregon and her master's in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Serra's primary areas of expertise are family-centered practices, culturally and linguistically responsive assessment approaches, and personnel preparation in EI/ECSE. She has over 10 years of experience in the field.
Serra is the project coordinator of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm. Serra has presented at numerous national and state conferences and is very involved with the Division of Early Childhood (DEC). Serra is the elected Member-at-Large to the DEC Executive Board and a liaison for DEC’s diversity council, VOICES. She is also serving as Oregon Ambassador for the the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center’s aRPy project. At the state level, she serves as an active member for Oregon DEC and Oregon Higher Education Consortium. When not working, she enjoys painting, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.
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.
Project Director Project PEPI, Project Executive Function, and Co-PI Project PIECE
Patricia is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and graduate Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. Both of these projects are funded by the U. S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She is Project Director of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm is funded for three years by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The study will follow infants and toddlers born LBW who do not have major medical conditions, and babies born full term without known delays. In addition, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University. When not working, she enjoys riding her horse, running, reading, and enjoying time with family.
Lead Web Developer
Jeff Denton serves as the lead technologist and web developer for The Research Institute. Prior to his employment with TRI in 2005, he managed his own web consultancy, Upstart Productions, since 2000.
Jeff also currently serves on the NCDB web development team and the TRI Bagels and Bites professional development committee. When not working, he enjoys designing and crafting wood products of all kinds, artisanal bluetooth enabled speakers, and tiny backyard offices.
You can find photos and more extensive write-ups of my work on my Behance profile.
Lead Data Specialist
Andrea Fewx is the Lead Data Specialist at TRI. She earned her B.A.degree in Sociology from Ottawa University. Ms.Fewx's primary expertise is in data analysis, and database design and development. She has worked in the field for 15 years.
Ms.Fewx started at TRI in 1999 as a data specialist. Since then, she has worked on technology project leadership, collection of data, organization of data, analysis of data, design and development of databases using MS Access and MS SQL, and the management of a data processing group.
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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