CREST Staff

Sections

 

Wendy Miedel Barnard:

  • Evaluation Design (process and impact)
  • Longitudinal research design

Wendy Barnard is an Assistant Research Professor and Director of the College Research and Evaluation Services Team (CREST) in the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning (ISTL) at Arizona State University (ASU). She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and focused on the impact of early education experiences and parent involvement on long-term academic achievement. Her master’s degree in education is from Rutgers University where her coursework and practicum focused on children birth through age five with special needs.  She has worked at the Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh, as an evaluator of local, state, and national initiatives.  She has also worked as a birth-three special education teacher and a professional development consultant for preschool programs across the state of Iowa. Further, she has worked as an evaluator on social service and education programs for close to two decades. Her research interests include evaluation methodology, longitudinal research design, and the impact of learning opportunities on teacher performance.

Megan O’Donnell:

  • Quantitative statistical modeling
  • Quantitative measurement development
  • Program Evaluation Methodology & Design

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 (5) 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 education 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. 

Mary Aleta White:

  • Mixed methods research design
  • STEM Education

Mary Aleta White is a research professional within the College Research & Evaluation Services Team (CREST). Her expertise is in evaluation design, mixed methodology, and STEM education research.  Mary supports evaluation research on a number of funded projects and conducts independent research related to STEM education. She is a long-standing member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, the Arizona Education Research Organization, and the Arizona Evaluation Network. She has made a number of conference presentations related to evaluation and STEM education research and evaluation both locally and nationally. Mary earned a doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from Arizona State University.