Under Dr. Goodman's strong and creative leadership, GRG has earned a
reputation for its rigorous, high quality work and impeccable client
service. GRG’s staff includes research associates, research
assistants, and administrative personnel. Working individually and in
teams, we combine knowledge and experience in education, psychology,
science, history, technology, human development, sociology, and family
studies. Each project at GRG is tackled by a team composed of staff
members who are best suited to the needs of the job. When appropriate,
we provide additional expertise through our group of long-term senior
consulting associates and through university faculty and experienced
field researchers around the country. We also have regular student
interns from local universities.
biographical sketches of staff and consultants are provided by
clicking on a staff person's name below. Staff members email addresses' can be found by clicking on their picture.
Irene F. Goodman, Ed. D.,
Colleen F. Manning, M.A.,
Director of Research
Gareis, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Director of Professional Development
Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Grace Bachman, B.A., Research Assistant
Blaze Travis, B.A.,
Boyd I.R. Hampton, B.A., Office Coordinator and
Anne Marie Amello,
Cooper Redpath, Ed.M.
Allan Braslow, Ph.D.
Newman, M.A., M.Ed.
Karen Peterman, Ph. D.
Wendy Slattebo, Ed.D.
Ed.D., Founder and President, brings to clients 36 years of experience
in research, teaching, and consulting. She started the company in 1989
as a sole proprietor (dba Sierra Research Associates), providing a
variety of research, consulting, training, and product development
services. Gradually, she began to specialize in the evaluation of a
wide range of educational programs. By 1995, the client base and the
scope of the projects had grown significantly, prompting Dr. Goodman to
hire staff and incorporate the company as Goodman Research Group, Inc.
While the company has grown in size and scope, GRG remains a workplace
that reflects a strong commitment to community and collaboration, both
among staff members and with clients.
In her leadership role, Dr.
Goodman has oversight responsibility for all GRG strategic planning and
business development, project work, staff mentoring, and fiscal
matters. In addition, she provides consultation on evaluation to
clients and groups, and gives workshops and lectures on the subject.
She continues to be involved in a couple of key projects. For instance,
she is serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) for GRG's own
research project, Massachusetts Linking Experiences and
Pathways Follow-On, or M-LEAP2 (please see our
page for a project description). Dr. Goodman also served as PI for the
eight-year longitudinal evaluation of the National Cancer Institute's
Science Enrichment Program (1998-2004), the ground-breaking
longitudinal Women's Experience in College Engineering (WECE) Project
(1998-2002), funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation, and GRG's original M-LEAP1 study (2010-2013).
Her earliest professional
experiences (following a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a Master's in
Child Development from Washington State University) were in the domain
of childcare and early education. She was the director of the Tacoma
Community College (TCC) childcare center in Tacoma, Washington in the
mid 1970s, and chaired a panel to develop an early childhood education
curriculum at TCC. She then became an Assistant Professor of Child
Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and concurrently the
statewide Extension Child Development Specialist. She traveled
extensively around the state, offering consultation and teaching to
extension staff, other educators, and the general public, while
maintaining her Madison campus faculty roles.
Dr. Goodman earned a doctorate
in Education, specializing in Human Development, from Harvard
University. While a doctoral student, she was an evaluation consultant
to various local and national organizations and also taught courses at
Dartmouth College and Tufts University as Visiting Lecturer. Prior to
founding GRG, she had an extensive research consulting practice,
designing and conducting evaluations, developing instructional
materials, and carrying out regional training sessions on public policy
issues. She also had stints as senior research associate at other
M.A., Director of Research, provides oversight of GRG’s research
program, including establishing and helping to maintain research
policies and procedures, reviewing research proposals and plans, and
supporting project management and staff professional development. Ms.
Manning manages select projects and provides evaluation consultation to
client organizations. She joined GRG in 1993, and has carried out over
50 evaluations of educational programs, including science education
programs, parenting education programs, and educational television
shows and outreach campaigns. She also has carried out research on
child care workforce and market rate issues.
Manning is nearing completion of her dissertation toward a Ph.D. in
Public Policy from University of Massachusetts-Boston. During her
doctoral studies, she taught courses in research methods and statistics
to Master's students and held a research position at the Center for
Social Policy, McCormack School of Policy Studies at University of
Massachusetts-Boston. She has an M.A. in Child Development
from Tufts University, where she taught at the Tufts Educational Day
Care Center and interned with the Boston Medical Center’s Division of
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She earned her B.A. in
Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.
, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Director of Professional Development, joined GRG in April of 2009. In her role as Director of PD, Dr. Gareis leads GRG’s continuing education and training program to ensure that staff stay abreast of emerging theory, research, and methods in the field of evaluation.
As a Senior Research Associate, she is currently managing evaluations of projects funded by NSF, NIH, NOAA, and IMLS, including EDC’s STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center and Massachusetts “Exploring Computer Science” Partnership (MECSP), the Franklin Institute and Penn Center for Neuroscience & Society’s Neuroscience in Your World exhibit and curriculum, MASS MoCA's It Takes a Village/Art for Change project, and two projects to provide adult science programming in public libraries: Dartmouth and DMG's Rural Gateways project and Califa and DMG’s Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE) project.
Dr. Gareis has conducted studies in a variety of areas, including social support, program evaluation, and gender. Before joining GRG, she spent 12 years at Brandeis University’s Community, Families, and Work Program conducting research on work-family issues. She also spent 5 years as an adjunct lecturer at Boston University teaching Introductory Psychology and Social Psychology. Dr. Gareis received her doctorate and M.A. in Social Psychology from Boston University’s graduate program in Human Development and a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Linguistics and Anthropology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(née Fealk), Ph.D., Senior Research Associate,
joined GRG in January 2000 as a Research Associate, with a strong
background in child development and educational media and technology.
She became a Senior Research Associate in 2002 and began heading up
GRG’s Los Angeles-based West Coast office in 2005. Dr. Bachrach has
designed and managed over 50 projects at GRG, ranging from studies of
formal and informal science education programs to professional
development workshops, and distance learning for K-12 teachers, to
multimedia educational packages and national outreach initiatives
accompanying public TV series and documentaries. She has written
proposals and designed evaluation plans for projects that have received
funding from the NSF, NIH, and HHS, and serves as an internal
consultant on several evaluations.
Dr. Bachrach is currently managing a range of projects, including our two NSF-funded Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) projects for Columbia University and the Franklin Institute and the Science Festival Alliance (SFA), a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.
Dr. Bachrach earned a Certificate of Completion from RIVA (Research in
Values and Attitudes) Moderator Training and has expertise conducting
focus groups with children and adults, as well as evaluating classroom
curriculum materials and local news products. Dr. Bachrach earned a
doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University, where
she studied the development of children’s cognitive abilities, with a
focus on their attention to and comprehension of media. She earned an
A.B. in Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Grace Bachman, B.A., Research Assistant, joined GRG after graduating from Wellesley College in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and minor in Economics. In her sophomore year, she worked with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) to increase State Legislator support for An Act Establishing Earned Paid Sick Time (S900/H1739). In her junior and senior year, she worked as a Research Assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on women and minority leadership and negotiation.
Ms. Bachman’s current projects include the STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), a partnership between the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and GRG, designed to broaden participation in the STEM workforce to traditionally underrepresented populations. She is also working on GRG's evaluation of the Cabinet of Art and Curiosity Gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Blaze Travis, B.A.,
Research Assistant, joined GRG after graduating with honors from Boston University in 2016 with a degree in Sociology and minor in Deaf Studies. He was awarded the Department College Top Prize for Excellence in Sociology and is a member of the Boston University chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Honors Society for Sociology. In his junior and senior years, he worked as the PI for his senior research project. This culminated in a thesis about the narratives parents use to defend their choices to implant their deaf children or not. He was the President of the Association of Sociology Students which brought interested undergraduates together around provocative documentaries and conversation topics. He also worked on the American Sign Language Linguistic Project (ASLLRP) where he coded the grammatical structure of ASL via native users, including grammatical facial markings, handshapes, movements, and translations.
His current projects include the NSF-funded Massachusetts Linking Experiences and Pathways Follow-On (M-LEAP2) study, Space Telescope Science Institute's Universe of Learning project, Neuroscience & Society’s Neuroscience in Your World exhibit and curriculum, MASS MoCA's It Takes a Village/Art for Change project, the PwC Foundation’s HistoryMakers Digital Archive project, DMG’s Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE) project, Boston Harbor Now's Youth Engagement Project, and the evaluation of the NASA-funded Universe of Learning (UoL) program.
Boyd I.R. Hampton, B.A., Office Coordinator and Research Assistant, joined GRG after his graduation from Harvard University in 2016 with a degree in Government, Mind/Brain/Behavior, and Spanish. Throughout his college career, he interned with several government and public service offices. This included work for the Office of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), where he focused on veterans’ rights issues, as well as with the U.S. Department of Education, where he aided in the development of the Let’s Read! Let’s Move! program. Mr. Hampton also spent his junior and senior year working on jurisdictional campaign finance research, as well as the development of campaign marketing and branding tools, for ActBlue. He is currently in the process of attaining his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston University, where his academic focuses are modern criminological theory and socio-political impacts of criminal justice policy.
Mr. Hampton’s duties as Office Coordinator involve managing office logistics, coordinating branding and business development, and assisting the President with daily functions. As a research assistant, his current projects include GRG’s evaluations of the Rural Gateways project, the Next Generation Leadership Fellows program, an evaluation of Council Bluffs Community Education Fund's STARS Scholarship, the NASA-funded Universe of Learning program, as well as the Cabinet of Art and Curiosity Gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.
Financial Manager, has been a GRG staff member since 1998. She provides
financial coordination and budget monitoring for all of GRG's projects,
and assists Dr. Goodman with all aspects of fiscal management. Before
coming to GRG, Ms. Amello was on the staff of the Office of
Professional and Continuing Studies at Tufts University for seven
years, promoted from junior staff assistant to administrative
assistant. She also worked at Malden Hospital and, before that, at the
First National Bank of Boston. She graduated from Bunker Hill Community
College in the Human Services Program.
, Ed.M., joined the GRG staff in the fall of 2014 as a graduate student intern while completing his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he graduated in May 2015 with a Master’s degree in Education Policy & Management. He continued on at GRG in a consulting and project coordinator role starting in May 2015.
Prior to joining GRG, Mr. Redpath graduated from Middlebury College in 2014 with a B.A. majoring in Sociology/Anthropology and minoring in Education Studies. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard University Center for Education Policy Research, the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research at Middlebury College, and at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction.
Ed.D., has provided support in quantitative research methods, from
study design to statistical analysis, to GRG since 1993. Dr. Brennan
has considerable experience in advanced statistical techniques,
including hierarchical linear modeling, item-response theory, logistic
regression, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation
modeling. He was the project statistical methodologist for GRG’s NCI
SEP project and has consulted on numerous other GRG projects, including
the WECE study of women enrolled in engineering. He brought his vast
experience in studying CPR training to several projects that GRG
conducted for the American Heart Association, and now for the National
Dr. Brennan has authored and co-authored over 30 scholarly articles on
topics in social psychology, education, medicine and public health. He
currently holds an appointment in the Department of Social Medicine at
the Harvard Medical School and has taught courses in hierarchical
linear modeling (HLM), research design, measurement, data collection,
and program evaluation at Harvard, at both the schools of Education and
Government. He holds an A.B. from Amherst College, an M.A. from
Middlebury College, and a master’s and a doctorate degree from Harvard
University Graduate School of Education.
, Ph.D., has
served with GRG since 2000. He was a Co-PI for GRG’s research and
evaluation work with the American Heart Association and the American
Red Cross, and is a specialist in public health and public safety
research, development, and education. As a researcher-practitioner
working with leading universities, government agencies,
not-for-profits, major corporations and in private practice, Dr.
Braslow has developed, evaluated and/or administered domestic and
international programs in emergency medicine, emergency cardiac care,
injury control, highway safety, and consumer safety.
Dr. Braslow has served as an expert and is a member of various advisory
boards for such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control, the
National Institutes for Health (PAD trial, NHAAP), U.S. Department of
Justice, U.S. Department of Transportation (Highway Safety and Trauma),
U.S. Olympic Committee, and U.S. Public Health Service (AHRQ). Dr.
Braslow is also a Visiting Scholar, Department of Organizational
Dynamics at University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in 1985
from the University of Illinois where he specialized in public and
provider education, medical research dissemination and implementation,
public health and safety, and educational psychology. His M.S. (1980)
and B.A. (1974) degrees are from The Pennsylvania State University.
, M.A., M.Ed brings her strength in management and
strategic planning to GRG, both as an internal consultant and as part
of evaluation teams when organizational strategy is a key component of
Newman brings 35 years of administrative leadership experience in
higher education and the non profit sector. During her 14-year
tenure at Tufts University, she served as Associate Dean of Arts and
Sciences, Director of Continuing Education and Summer
Programs, and Director of Tufts European Center in Talloires, France,
and earned a reputation for expanding programs. In recent
years, she has served as the Executive Director of the national
non-profit, A Better Chance, and then as an independent management
consultant. Her consulting work includes interim executive director
positions in eight non-profit organizations, helping them to expand
their services in order to meet the needs of diverse audiences and to
maintain viability. She brings administrative expertise,
strategic/analytical orientation, and strong interpersonal and
facilitation skills to help small- to medium-size organizations achieve
their planning, organizational management, and program development
Ph.D., joined the GRG staff in October 2002 and was promoted to Senior
Research Associate in 2005. During that time, she managed a variety of projects. She
has experience designing and carrying out evaluations for a variety of
funding agencies, including DOE, IMLS, NCI, and NSF. She transitioned
to part-time Senior Consultant in fall 2009. In that role, Dr. Peterman
directed a research project for the UCSD BioBridge
professional development program, and managed an evaluation of the
IT-E3 project created by the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. She has
expertise in embedded assessment and evaluation design. Prior to
joining GRG, Dr. Peterman consulted with Insight Research Group and
assisted with a summative evaluation project at the Exploris Museum.
After earning a Ph.D. from Duke University, she was an NIH Pre-Doctoral
Fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Peterman founded Karen Peterman Consulting, Co. in 2010.
, Ed.D., has worked with GRG since 1991 on child
counseling and mental health issues, school health program development,
and child and family literacy research. She has conducted reading
assessments of children in family child care homes as part of GRG’s
evaluation of RIFNet for Reading Is Fundamental. In recent years, she
carried out observations for GRG’s ZOOM research and also reviewed
documents regarding reading and literacy. A licensed psychologist, Dr.
Slattebo was, until her retirement, a guidance counselor in the
Wayland, Massachusetts public schools. Previously, she was a reading
specialist and child therapist in a community mental health agency. She
has a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and an M.Ed. and Ed.D
(Human Development) from Harvard University.
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