Our team of researchers, educators, and communicators are dedicated to hastening the adoption of evidence-based practices by putting our products and solutions into as many hands as possible, quickly, and on a national scale.
Emily Tanner-Smith, PhD, is the Executive Director of the HEDCO Institute and Thomson Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services. Emily provides strategic leadership for the HEDCO Institute in its research and outreach efforts. Emily is an applied research methodologist with expertise in meta-analysis and research synthesis for evidence-informed decision-making. Her scholarship focuses on the prevention and treatment of substance use, delinquency, mental health, and academic problems among youth.
Jen Davis, BS, BA, is the Executive Assistant for the HEDCO Institute. Jen brings administrative leadership and a diverse outlook having worked with key stakeholders in various sectors, including business, sports and entertainment, government, and higher education. Throughout her career, Jen has been an integral team member on new change initiatives for large, complex organizations.
Elizabeth Day, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor with the HEDCO Institute at the College of Education, University of Oregon. Elizabeth focuses on analyzing and utilizing best practices for connecting research, practice, and policy. Her research focuses on understanding how to best bridge research, practice, and policy, with a particular focus on child and adolescent well-being and social policy at the state level.
Joe Golfen, MS, is the Digital Communications and Marketing Specialist at the HEDCO Institute. In this role, Joe is responsible for creating and enhancing communication products for the HEDCO Institute. Additionally, Joe oversees the management of the institute's branding, website, email communications, and social media channels.
Sean Grant, DPhil, is a Research Associate Professor with the HEDCO Institute at the College of Education, University of Oregon. Sean specializes in methods for synthesizing research evidence and expert opinion on the effectiveness and implementation of practices, programs, and policies. Sean’s scholarship focuses on the generation, synthesis, and use of evidence from intervention research across the social, behavioral, and health sciences.
Maria Schweer-Collins, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor with the HEDCO Institute. In this role, Maria is involved in every aspect of the research synthesis work conducted at the HEDCO Institute, from working with the HEDCO team, stakeholders, and the Advisory Board to identify topics, to coding studies, analyzing data, and writing and sharing out results. Maria’s research uses a prevention science framework to identify malleable intervention targets and tailor evidence-based interventions to prevent child maltreatment, justice involvement, and substance use.
Lisa Shimmel, MPP, is the Partnerships Director for the HEDCO Institute. Lisa provides strategic leadership for the HEDCO Institute’s outreach and communication activities and focuses on strengthening the connections between research and practice. Lisa’s work focuses on supporting policymakers and other education stakeholders regarding the use of evidence-based practices.
Katarzyna (Kasia) Steinka-Fry, MA, MPA, is a Senior Research Assistant with the HEDCO Institute. Kasia brings over 15 years of experience in the evaluation research in social and health science, with expertise in the areas of data management, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis. Her prior work focused on interventions for juvenile offenders, adolescent substance use, teen pregnancy prevention, school safety, school dropout, and academic achievement.
Shaina Trevino, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the HEDCO Institute. Shaina focuses on developing data science workflows for evidence synthesis data collection and analysis, as well as conducting systematic evidence reviews. Her scholarship is focused on evolutionary-developmental models of risk behaviors and aggression, intergenerational transmission of self- and emotion regulation, and violence prevention.
Equity and Instruction Coach
Bethel School District
Chief of Staff
Tennessee Department of Education
Senior Advisor, External Affairs
Professor, School Psychology
Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health
Multilingual Support Division
California Department of Education
Aliza (Kiki) Moschella
Head of School (5-8) Eliot School
Boston Public Schools
InterMountain Education Service District
Akisha Osei Sarfo
Director of Research
Council of the Great City Schools
Puyallup School District
Blueprint Literacy Coordinator
Baltimore City Schools
Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities, Oregon Department of Education
David Liebowitz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Education Methodology, Policy and Leadership at the University of Oregon. His research documents the challenges facing schools and their leaders. It attempts to generate strategies to improve leadership and organizational practices, particularly in schools serving low-income students.
Gena Nelson, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Center on Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include evidence-based practices to support students with learning disabilities, school-based mathematics interventions, special education teacher preparation, and strategies to support caregivers in home learning environments to enhance early learning opportunities for young children.
John R. Seeley, PhD, is a professor in the Special Education and Clinical Sciences department and a core faculty member in the Prevention Science program. His research interests include emotional and behavioral disorders, school-based mental health intervention, research design and program evaluation, and digital health technology.
Ilana Umansky, PhD, is an Associate Professor. Her work focuses on quantitative and longitudinal analysis of the educational opportunities and outcomes of immigrant students, emerging bilingual students, and students classified in school as English learners (ELs). She studies key EL policies including identification, service provision, and reclassification, focusing on issues of stratification and opportunity.
Nicholas J. Parr, PhD, MPH is Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Synthesis Program, a longstanding and highly regarded national research synthesis program. His research to date has focused on advancing research synthesis and analysis methods to better characterize sources of variation in intervention effects, and on investigating risk factors for substance misuse and suicidality experienced by minority, underserved, and hard-to-reach populations.