Associate Research Professional
College Research and Evaluation Services Team (CREST)
Institute for the Science of Teaching & Learning
Megan O'Donnell is an Associate Research Professional in the College Research & Evaluation Services Team (CREST) at the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning (ISTL). She has been part of the research and evaluation team for the following projects since working at CREST: (1) Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Program (ALMAP), (2) Mexico Teacher Professional Development Program, (3) Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Program, and (4) Goodwill’s GoodFutures-Face Forward (GF3) Program, and India Support for Teacher Education Program (In-STEP). Megan has become particularly interested in evaluating professional development programs for international educators. Specifically, she focuses on whether the cultural and professional needs of the teaching fellows are met in ways that ultimately help them successfully implement their knowledge within their own educational contexts.
Prior to working at CREST, Megan worked as an evaluator for the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (TEACH) program as well as the Achieving a College Education (ACE) program. She earned her doctorate in Family and Human Development at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Megan’s research interests in graduate school focused on Mexican American adolescents’ experience with discriminatory stress and cultural processes (e.g., cultural values/norms, language use, ethnic identity, acculturation) as they related to psychosocial and academic adjustment.