He is currently the lead research psychologist and evaluation SME on two DoD contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton to perform needs assessment, formative evaluation, implementation evaluation, and performance monitoring services. In this role, he consulted on, developed, and created tools and frameworks for logic models, stakeholder maps, outcome measurement, and after-action reports for program evaluation and implementation pilot studies. He develops protocols for use in consulting -and facilitating evaluation practices to advance whole-population health, resilience, and effectiveness of DoD’s civilian and military workforce.
Dr. Axelrad is an interdisciplinary evaluation expert. He has led strategic planning, performance monitoring and evaluations across diverse sectors such as human resources, training, public health, and cyber. He holds a PhD and Masters in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He is a long-time AEA member and presenter of evaluation topics (since 2002). From 2002-2004, he taught psychology and research methods courses to adult learners at Harris-Stowe State and Columbia Colleges. He is the current and founding Chair of the Military and Veteran Evaluation Topical Interest Group.
Julianne Rush - Manchester
Silver Spring, MD
Interdisciplinary Evaluation Expert, with PhD in Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement in Education. MAs in Educational Policy and Leadership and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
Methodologist. Conducted multiple quantitative and qualitative systematic investigations (research, evaluation, quality improvement) across sectors, including health, public health, education, criminal justice, and accounting/finance. Evaluated for organizational value (e.g., evaluated eight Ohio schools on school safety dimensions, including psychological and physical safety; developed outcomes protocol for evaluating uptake of evidence based practices across 45 Geriatric Education Centers; developed outcomes evaluation protocols for Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health programs in government/ military health system; conducted Lean Six Sigma process improvement on Veteran recovery support program to modify SOPs in government). Developed several on-line surveys for measuring evidence-based practice outcomes, coalition factors, knowledge and skill gain, use of strategies, and needs assessments in health, public health, and education sectors. Developed and conducted key informant interviews for Chief of Staff Office evaluations (DoD/ Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center) and health services research (Ohio Commission on Minority Health).
Analyst. Skilled in quantitative analysis and psychometrics (instrumentation development, factor analysis). Have used a range of specialized analytic techniques, including descriptive statistics, item difficulty indices, correlations, multi-variate regression, cross-tabulations, factor analysis, principal components analysis, and reliability (inter-item and inter-rater). For example, tested predictive relationships between capacity factors and uptake of evidence based practices among providers; created items, recruited reviewers, and conducted inter-rater reliability coefficients for Alzheimer’s Disease curriculum components (WebMD/DHHS-HRSA-BHPr partnership) and American Academy of Dermatology.
Author. Published in peer-reviewed journals as single and lead author on needs assessment in military health system, systems change in healthcare settings following adoption of provider behaviors, and adapted measurement for evolving provider behaviors in interdisciplinary teams.
Trainer/ Facilitator. Proficient in adult learning, on-line and in-person. Developed and presented over 60 on-line learning webinars (on evaluation topics such as logic modeling, evaluation planning, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, needs assessment) for health providers, educators, and other practitioners.
Educator. Taught psychology, education, and business courses (in-classroom and on-line) in two large community college systems and an on-line university (2001-2016). Developed own syllabi, curriculum, exercises, and assessments.
Past Program Chair