Rockville Institute Affiliates in
Children & Families

Ronna J. Cook, MSW
George G. Gabel, MA, MS
Robert B. Hill, PhD
Allison Meisch, PhD
Jane Mettenburg
Elizabeth Quinn, MA, MS
Beth A. Rabinovich, PhD
Debra J. Rog, PhD
Andrea J. Sedlak, PhD

Jill Feldman, PhD, designs and manages large-scale Federal social science research and evaluation studies. In addition to her background in project and financial management, she offers expertise in educational psychology, research design, instrument development and validation, design and facilitation of professional training for evaluators, and program evaluation. Dr. Feldman is a certified What Works Clearinghouse reviewer and coauthor of a chapter about program evaluation in a major education research handbook. She has written numerous publications for technical and nontechnical audiences and is frequently invited to present at professional meetings and conferences.

George G. Gabel, MA, MS, has directed several local and state evaluations relating to children and family issues. In child welfare, he has directed the evaluation of the Wisconsin Subsidized Guardianship Waiver and secondary data analysis of foster care experiences for the evaluation of Ohio's IV-E Flexible Funding Waiver. He currently manages Westat’s participation in the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology and is Deputy Evaluation Director for the Colorado Consortium on Differential Response. Mr. Gabel has particular interest in how research results are communicated to practitioners and the public to foster change in local policy. He has provided technical assistance to local governments in implementing random assignment, using administrative data for case management, and writing empirically based policies and procedures.

Jane Mettenburg has extensive experience in the social services field. Her expertise centers on the analysis of child welfare data in the formulation of performance and outcomes measurement used in evaluating the services provided to children and families. Ms. Mettenburg's research experience includes studies on child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, guardianship, substance abuse prevention and treatment, early childhood development, adult protective services, family violence, and teen pregnancy. Ms. Mettenburg served for 23 years as a staff director in a state human service agency. She was responsible for the analysis and evaluation of service and client data covering abused and neglected children and adults, the aged and disabled, families in need of assistance, child support, and Medicaid. Ms. Mettenburg's responsibilities also included systems development, budget modeling and monitoring, performance and outcome measurement development and monitoring, monitoring compliance with Federal and state laws and regulations, and research and evaluation for human services programs.

Beth A. Rabinovich, PhD, holds a doctorate in human development with experience in research on children, youth, and older persons. She has designed and conducted studies on employed mothers and their children, children who are victims of exploitation, elder abuse, and community-based services for the elderly. Dr. Rabinovich is adept at using a range of methodologies, including large-scale surveys, program evaluations, and small-scale observational studies of naturally occurring behavior. Her expertise includes using software to analyze qualitative data. Dr. Rabinovich is an adjunct at the University of Maryland where she teaches courses on parenting, domestic violence, and cross-cultural psychology.

Debra J. Rog, PhD, President of the Rockville Institute, is an internationally recognized expert in evaluation and applied social research methodology, homelessness, housing, and mental health. She has directed numerous multisite research and evaluation projects in the areas of poverty, homelessness, housing for vulnerable populations, violence and trauma prevention, and mental health services. She has provided methodological and subject-matter expertise for research funded by clients such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Mental Health Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United Nations, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Rog has published and presented widely, and is an editor of numerous books, series, and journals. She is on the faculty of The Evaluators' Institute and was the 2009 President of the American Evaluation Association.

Andrea J. Sedlak, PhD, is a social psychologist with experience in research on children, youth, and families, with special focus on troubled, vulnerable, and victimized groups. She has designed and conducted studies on child abuse and neglect, adopted children and their families, missing children, runaway and homeless youth, and juvenile offenders in residential placement. Her methodological expertise ranges from large-scale national incidence designs to in-depth interviews on highly sensitive subjects, and she is adept at devising creative methods to maintain confidentiality and anonymity of study data.

Kimberly Standing designs and conducts quantitative and qualitative research, particularly in the areas of academic preparedness, access to postsecondary education, and school nutrition. She offers expertise in study design, instrument development, data collection methodologies, and analysis and reporting. Ms. Standing has extensive experience conducting program evaluations; recruiting schools, districts, and state agencies; and collecting data from students, parents, teachers, and district- and state-level administrative staff.