L. Duane House, PhD
Co-Chair (2017- current)
L. Duane House, PhD is a community psychologist and a scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he has focused on adolescent reproductive health and teen pregnancy prevention. He co-lead the evaluation of a 5-year community-wide teen pregnancy prevention initiative to reduce teenage pregnancy and provided expertise on the implementation of evidence-based interventions and mobilizing communities to prevent teen pregnancy. Dr. House currently collaborates on a Randomized Control Trial testing a computer-assisted motivational interviewing intervention to increase young males condom use, partner communication regarding contraception, and use of reproductive health services; recently, Dr. House has begun working to build capacity for emergency preparedness and response regarding women of reproductive age including pregnant and postpartum women and newborn infants. Dr. House’s area of expertise includes implementation science, evaluation capacity building, and positive youth development. Duane received his PhD in Psychology at Georgia State University and resides in Atlanta.
Michelle Abraczinskas, PhD.
Co-Chair (2019- current)
Michelle is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the REACH Institute at Arizona State University on a NIDA funded T32. She earned her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina and her masters in Clinical-Community Psychology from UNC-Charlotte. She lived in the southeast for 15 years before moving out west, though originally from Pennsylvania. Her research interests are understanding what it takes for effective dissemination and sustainability of evidence based programs in community settings, and using participatory methodology to enhance prevention programs and interventions.
Crystal Coker is an Associate Research Scientist at the College Board where she conducts research and analysis associated with College Board assessments and educational initiatives. She has a strong background in mixed methods evaluation and has managed projects in the areas of early childhood development, education, youth development, health, and criminal justice. Her experience includes evaluating small programs as well as large multisite initiatives for government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations. As a graduate student, she was selected to participate in AEA’s GEDI program where she worked at the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) at the University of Chicago evaluating STEM programs in Chicago Public Schools. In addition to serving as Program Chair for the Community Psychology TIG, Crystal also serves on the AEA Elections Working Group. She received her doctorate in community psychology from DePaul University and her masters and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from New York University and the University of California, Irvine.ersity and the University of California, Irvine.
Program Co-Chair (2017- current)
Erica Clarke is an Evaluation Specialist at The Evaluation Center located at the University of Colorado Denver. Erica has experience in evaluating hospital and health center based interventions and programs, community-based coalitions, and statewide public health initiatives. She has worked with a wide variety of stakeholders across multiple health issues. Erica received her Master’s Degree in Psychology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Jonathan P. Scaccia, PhD
Jonathan Scaccia, is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of the Wandersman Center. He has extensive experience has been in helping organizations select, adapt, implement, and evaluate community-based improvement interventions. He currently uses comprehensive, applied research methods to evaluate quantitative and qualitative differences in organizational readiness. These methods have been used in multiple projects that span very different settings (community coalitions, schools, US Air Force bases, federally qualified health centers, and more). He also researches change manage strategies to build readiness. His evaluation work with Wandersman Center partners was awarded the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Evaluation of the Year. Jonathan obtained his PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He previously completed a research fellowship in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OASH/HHS). He is also an evaluation consultant & faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Finger Lakes Law and Social Policy Center.
Leadership Council (2016-current)
Shawn Donnelly is the Strategic Learning Officer at the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Phoenix, Arizona. He provides evaluation and learning support to Trust staff and grantees to understand and enhance the outcomes of grants, projects, programs, and initiatives. Shawn received his M.A. in Community Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Leadership Council (2016-current)
Lindsey Barranco, PhD is a Behavioral Scientist on the Program Evaluation & Translation Team at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP). She has over 15 years of experience implementing and supporting others in program evaluation, performance measurement, and planning at the program and system levels. Prior to CDC, she worked at Cloudburst Consulting, providing technical assistance to states and local communities addressing homelessness. While at Cloudburst, she also worked with NCIPC on several projects related to program and policy evaluation. Lindsey also worked within the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for several years providing policy, program and evaluation guidance for the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless. Lindsey received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina.
Jeff Sheldon, PhD
Leadership Council (2016-current)
I’m Jeff Sheldon and was on the founding CP TIG leadership team in 2011, in 2012 I served as our second CP TIG Chair, was a member of the Leadership Council in 2013, and was the Co-Chair in 2017. Although not formally trained as a community psychologist, much of my evaluation work and research interests have been informed and honed by a Community Psychology perspective. For example, early in my career, Abe Wandersman at the University of South Carolina gave me opportunities to work with community–based programs using an evaluation approach that would eventually become one of the most recognized Empowerment Evaluation models, Getting To Outcomes (Wandersman et al., 2000). As such, I guided program staff and community members through a planning, implementation, and evaluation process that ostensibly led to their having greater control over programmatic outcomes. This seminal experience spurred my interest in moving evaluation towards a social intervention that empowers and fosters the self – determination of marginalized, oppressed, and disenfranchised people in keeping with the values and tenets of Community Psychology. In essence, evaluators who work towards that end are really no different than community psychologists. In sum, given shared philosophies and missions, both Community Psychology and Empowerment Evaluation have been useful to me in my own evaluation work and research. My other Community Psychology-based work includes serving as an Advisor for the Community Toolbox and using the Asset Based Community Development model to reduce incidences of child abuse and neglect in communities across South Carolina. Last, I am the fortunate holder of both a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Applied Psychology from the School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation – Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University, The Claremont Colleges, with a concentration in Social Science Research Methods and Evaluation Science.
Kenneth Linfield, PhD
Leadership Council (2019- current)
Ken Linfield PhD is a professor and the Director of Graduate training in the PsyD program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY where he teaches the course in Program Evaluation for the doctoral students as well as courses in Community Psychology for undergraduate students. Having been the Evaluator for a number of programs over the years, he currently concentrates on overseeing the groups of Program Evaluation students conducting evaluations with local agencies and following up with those agencies after the classes end. Some recent programs provide community services for adults with chronic mental illness, residential treatment for children with behavioral issues, and emergency financial assistance. Ken received his PhD in Clinical / Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.