The Education Evaluation Center

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EEC Staff

Robert Ayres

Robert Ayres

Center Director

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.

Julie Bulen

Julie Bulen

Learning Disabilities/ Autism and Student Transition Specialist

Julie Bulen has worked at The Research Institute since the early 1980s and at TRI's Education Evaluation Center for the last 15 of those years. At the Education Evaluation Center, Julie is a Learning Disability and Transition/Vocational Specialist. She conducts in-depth psychosocial evaluations of clients from age 4 to adulthood and writes detailed reports of disability impact, recommendations for clients and parents, and legal accommodation needs for school, college and workplace settings. Her areas of expertise and experience include elementary and special education teaching, children and adults with mental health disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, and high school transition skills.

Kenneth  Kosko

Kenneth Kosko

Assessment Specialist

Ken Kosko is an assessment specialist at The Research Institute. He serves as a clinician at the Education Evaluation Center (EEC), where he also served as the Director. He holds endorsements and authorizations in School Psychology, Elementary Education, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Special Educator, Reading and Supervision. Since coming to WOU in 1974, he has taught many of the special education courses and worked directly with disability services. Ken has traveled throughout Oregon offering training to educators, and state agency staff, including professors at the major universities regarding issues of accommodations/modifications for ADHD and Learning Disabled students.

Ken is involved in center operations which include psycho-educational assessments, multicultural assessments, consultations, and vocational functional assessments for adults and students transitioning into postsecondary education and/or work. Staff at the EEC work with college students from all the major universities, community colleges and private colleges in the state assisting them by diagnosing learning problems, determining eligibility, and providing recommendations/accommodations.


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