Rockville Institute Affiliates in Education

J. Michael Brick, PhD
Elaine Carlson, PhD
Thomas Fiore, PhD
Joy Frechtling, PhD
Babette Gutmann, MA
Camilla Heid, EdD
Allison Henderson, MA
David Marker, PhD
Joy Markowitz, EdD
Debra J. Rog, PhD
Keith Rust, PhD
Gary Silverstein, MA
Patricia Troppe, PhD

J. Michael Brick, PhD, is a research professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Brick has contributed to the statistical and procedural designs for numerous studies, including establishment, education, transportation, and product injury studies. He has published widely in all phases of survey sampling and design. Dr. Brick is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.
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Elaine Carlson, PhD, specializes in special education policy research. She currently directs the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS), a 6-year study of preschoolers with disabilities, the services they receive, and the outcomes they achieve. Dr. Carlson has also gained extensive experience in the areas of teacher quality and high school completion for children with disabilities.
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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.
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Thomas Fiore, PhD, has significant experience directing research projects and evaluations. His areas of expertise include special education, charter schools, students with emotional or behavioral disorders, personnel preparation, policy implementation and evaluation, survey design, and program evaluation.
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Joy Frechtling, PhD, has expertise in evaluation, addressing issues from elementary to postsecondary levels. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods and has applied her skills in the assessment of the impacts of professional development programs, curriculum reform, and broader based systemic changes.
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Babette Gutmann, MA, has extensive experience in research related to early childhood, and elementary and secondary education at the Federal, state, and local levels. She has designed, managed, and conducted randomized experiments (e.g., the evaluation of the District of Columbia school voucher program and an evaluation of curriculum interventions in Even Start projects) and program evaluations for services to at-risk children, primarily children receiving Title I services. Ms. Gutmann's areas of specialization include project management, Federal education programs and related databases, and data collection and analysis.
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Camilla Heid, EdD, has experience in education policy research focusing on disadvantaged students in early childhood programs, as well as elementary and secondary education programs. Her expertise includes impact studies using random assignment, program evaluation, instrument design, and data analysis.
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Allison Henderson, MA, has expertise with research design, case studies, statistical analysis, database management, and report writing in the field of education policy and evaluation research. She has a wealth of experience in providing decisionmakers with information about Federal and state education programs. Ms. Henderson has particular expertise in teacher quality policy at the Federal and state levels, including an in-depth understanding of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) teacher quality requirements. She has been active in a variety of initiatives related to NCLB's Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) challenge, including Title II, Part A monitoring, the Teacher Assistance Corps (TAC), and HQT data collection and reporting.
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David Marker, PhD, is a senior statistician with experience in project management, quality control, survey research, sampling, data analysis, imputation, modeling, and small area statistics. He served on the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES') National Review Board for the Schools and Staffing Survey, is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, and is past president of the Washington Statistical Society. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Statistical Association and Chair of its Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee. Dr. Marker is an internationally recognized consultant in quality improvement, having conducted training sessions for the Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish governments on improving the quality of their data collection activities. Dr. Marker played a key role in the revision of all of NCES statistical standards.
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Joy Markowitz, EdD, has experience doing research, evaluation, and policy analysis in special education and developmental disabilities. She has expertise in project and budget management, project design and instrument development, staff training for data collection and test administration, and data analysis for presentations and reports. Dr. Markowitz's particular expertise is in early childhood education and early intervention, and state policies and procedures.
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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. DebraRog@RockvilleInstitute.org
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Keith Rust, PhD, is a senior statistician with extensive experience in sampling methods, the design and specification of large-scale sample surveys, and analysis of survey data. His areas of special expertise include methods for analyzing large, complex data sets; methods of deriving survey weights; and sampling error estimation procedures. He has applied his research and knowledge to a variety of education research projects over the past several years, both national and international. Dr. Rust has also directed work on government sample surveys related to education, health, and social issues. He has experience teaching statistics, particularly relating to survey sampling, to a variety of audiences.
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Gary Silverstein, MA, has extensive evaluation experience on assessing the implementation and impact of efforts to expand the Internet and related technologies to underserved populations, examining the relationship between learning technologies and student achievement, and studying Federal, state, and local efforts to enhance educational opportunities for children and adults. Mr. Silverstein has also focused on developing logic models, identifying performance indicators, and designing online performance monitoring systems. Grant program clients have included the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the State of Pennsylvania, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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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.
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Patricia Troppe, PhD, has experience researching education programs and policy issues. Her areas of expertise include postsecondary education and Federal student financial aid programs. Dr. Troppe has additional evaluation experience in early childhood and elementary education instructional practices and has researched private funding for public education.
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