Leader Bios

AEA PreK-12 TIG Bios

Chair: Kelly Murphy, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist in the Youth Development research area at Child Trends. She focuses on the promotion of positive youth development (PYD) among vulnerable and underserved populations of young people, and the role that systems and programs play in meeting the needs of young people and their families. Dr. Murphy’s portfolio of projects focus on bridging the research to practice gap through conducting studies to examine the use of research evidence, working with stakeholders to make evidence-informed decisions, and examining how programs and policies impact the outcomes of those they serve. Integrating her substantive expertise in youth development with her extensive training in research and evaluation, she specializes in conducting developmentally sensitive evaluations of youth-service providers. Across her diverse portfolio, she remains focused on engaging diverse stakeholders and understanding their needs, building organizations’ evaluation and data-driven decision making capacities, and translating research into accessible and user-friendly resources..

Co-Chair: Caroline Wiley.

Program Chair: Sheila Arens, Ph.D. is Executive Director of Research and Evaluation at McREL International. She has over twenty years of basic and applied research and evaluation experience working in a variety of public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Dr. Arens holds a master’s degree in experimental psychology with emphases in program evaluation and psychometrics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a doctorate in Inquiry Methodology with emphases in program evaluation and educational policy studies from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Program Co-Chair: Kate LaVelle, Ph.D., is a Research Associate in the Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD) under the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA. She is a developmental psychologist and evaluator whose current work focuses on grant writing, intervention design, evaluation, and community engagement to support children and families. She has written and assisted in leading the implementation of city and state-wide government and private grant programs that address various social and educational issues, including access to quality preschool, promoting STEAM education in public schools, school dropout prevention, health disparities, community policing, and child abuse prevention. Prior to joining LSU, she worked for 6 years as an internal evaluator at a non-profit children’s mental health agency in Los Angeles. Her areas of interest include social-emotional learning, early childhood education, positive youth development, child behavioral health, and child/family resilience. She is looking forward to connecting with other evaluators in the PreK-12 TIG and throughout AEA.

Member-at-Large: George K. Chitiyo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Research at Tennessee Tech University. He teaches courses in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. His research interests include the psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa as well as economics of health and higher education both in the US and in Southern Africa. He is involved in designing and implementing evaluation initiatives of several educational programs and interventions in PreK-12 and higher education settings.

Webmaster: Mya L. Martin-Glenn, Ph.D., is the Director of Assessment & Research at Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado. She has worked in educational research and evaluation at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and JVA Consulting. During her experience as a researcher and evaluator she has been involved in all aspects of survey development, site recruitment, conducting and interpreting complex statistical analysis, and reporting study results for several large, multi-year projects. She has extensive experience conducting narrative research synthesis, meta-analysis, and school program evaluation. She has her PhD from the University Of Denver- Morgridge College Of Education in the Research Methods and Statistics Program. Her areas of interest include preservice and inservice teacher education, urban education, school climate, and academic success of economically disadvantaged students. In addition to working as a researcher and evaluator, Mya has taught courses in undergraduate cultural anthropology, English to nonnative speakers, and currently teaches graduate-level research design, measurement, and statistics courses.