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Meet the Team

Jane Yoo has more than two decades of experience as a social worker and researcher conducting formative and summative evaluations of innovative programs and initiatives serving vulnerable populations. Dr. Yoo has served as principal and co-principal investigator on numerous evaluations in the health and human services, focusing on the fields of child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and education. 

 

She co-founded Clarus Research to provide high quality evaluation services to assist government agencies, foundations, universities, and non-profit organizations to answer complex study questions for program improvement and policy decisions. As a founding partner at Clarus, she leads multiple projects supporting them with effective project management as well as content and research expertise. She has extensive experience using qualitative and quantitative methods; designing comprehensive evaluation studies with process, outcome, and cost-study components; developing and testing survey and assessment instruments; conducting interviews/focus groups and site visits; and managing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data sets, including large county and state administrative data.

 

Current and recent projects led by Dr. Yoo and her Clarus colleagues include: a process, outcome, and cost-study evaluation funded by the Children’s Bureau of an initiative to promote trauma-informed child welfare practices in three Indian Reservations in Montana; a randomized controlled trial funded by the Children’s Bureau of two models of family engagement in a large child protective services agency in Florida; and a statewide participatory evaluation of California’s Mental Health Services Act in 58 counties using mixed methods to examine outcomes of employment support, peer support, and crisis intervention services for adults with mental illness. Dr. Yoo has authored numerous reports of evaluation findings and has authored peer-reviewed articles of studies in child welfare and other fields.

 

Dr. Yoo earned a BA in human biology from Scripps College, a MSW from the California State University Long Beach, and a PhD from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work.

Founding Partner

Jane Yoo, PhD, MSW

Trained as an evaluation methodologist, Kristin Ward has over 20 years of experience as principal and co-principal investigator on large and small scale process and impact evaluation studies for government agencies, philanthropic organizations, universities, and non-profit clients spanning the health and human services, education, and environmental fields.

 

Dr. Ward has conducted numerous formative and summative outcome evaluations in the areas of child welfare; mental health; teen dating and other youth violence prevention; environmental conservation; and family violence prevention, including parent, family, and community strengthening efforts. Prior to co-founding Clarus Research, Dr. Ward served on national evaluation teams leading components of federally funded multi-site violence prevention demonstration initiatives and providing evaluation technical assistance. As a leadership fellow and research analyst, she then helped to develop and manage the evaluation portfolio for the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on improving the foster care system.

 

At Clarus Research, Dr. Ward has co-led an array of evaluation studies, including a federally funded evaluation of efforts to increase delivery of trauma-informed services to Tribal reservations in Montana; a statewide participatory evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act in California; a national evaluation of innovative efforts to increase pro bono legal services; and a study of conservation strategies to protect endangered Pacific Seabirds. Dr. Ward specializes in mixing quantitative and qualitative methods and using evaluation as a tool for learning, empowerment, and social justice for vulnerable and underserved populations. She is highly experienced in evaluation planning and design, instrument and protocol development, data collection, integrated analyses, and effective management of evaluation teams. She has authored numerous technical evaluation reports, evaluation toolkits, and papers on evaluation theory and practice for academic and lay audiences. 

 

Dr. Ward earned a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Iowa, as well as MS and PhD degrees concentrated in program evaluation from Cornell University.

Founding Partner

Kristin J. Ward, PhD

Christina (Tina) Christie is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Christie has received funding from a variety of sources to evaluate social, education, and behavior programs targeting at-risk and underrepresented populations. She co-founded the Southern California Evaluation Association, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, and is the former Chair of the Theories of Evaluation Division and current Chair of the Research on Evaluation Division of the American Evaluation Association. In 2004, Dr. Christie received the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Early Career Achievement Award. Dr. Christie was also a section editor of the American Journal of Evaluation and is on the editorial board of New Directions in Evaluation. She is the editor of the books Exemplars of Evaluation Practice (with Jody Fitzpatrick & Mel Mark; Sage, 2008) and What Counts as Credible Evidence in Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice? (with Stewart Donaldson & Mel Mark; Sage, 2008). Dr. Christie received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, a Master of Arts and Master of Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles.

Evaluation Consultant

Christina A. Christie, PhD

Cricket Mitchell is a clinical research psychologist with more than 10 years of experience as a research, evaluation, and program performance consultant. Dr. Mitchell is particularly interested in the sustainable adoption of evidence-based practices in usual care settings, as well as data-driven decision making in clinical service delivery. Her areas of expertise are in research design and methodology, quantitative data analysis, program evaluation, behavioral medicine, cognitive behavioral interventions, early childhood mental health, pediatric psychology, and violence prevention.  Dr. Mitchell is a graduate of the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology between the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University.

Evaluation Consultant

Cricket Mitchell, PhD

´╗┐Heather Dantzker has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing research and evaluation projects to protect and improve the environment and human health. She has worked in the areas of environmental health, pesticides and chemical risk, water quality and watershed management, stakeholder engagement, and outreach and communication. She has designed and implemented both qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation protocols in the context of collaborative watershed management; military base closure and cleanup; environmental justice; chemical emergencies; and volunteer water quality monitoring. She has particular expertise in the measurement of public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding environmental issues, and the use of research results to better communicate with target audiences and stakeholders. She has managed projects for clients at the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others. Dr. Dantzker earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, and MS and PhD degrees in Natural Resources Policy and Management from Cornell University.

Evaluation Consultant

Heather Dantzker, PhD

Lauren Dods has over a decade of experience managing complex projects in the fields of evaluation research, legislative support, and political campaigns. Working with evaluators from the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, and the Claremont Graduate University, Ms. Dods managed and executed key project components and served as a community liaison for First 5 Los Angeles’ Partnership for Families (PFF) Initiative Evaluation Team, helping to put together an in-depth evaluation of their child abuse prevention program. She also worked for USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work providing evaluation support for longitudinal outcomes of transracial and contemporary adoptive families. Along with research, Ms. Dods has spent significant time in the public service arena—managing projects, casework, and public policy for Hawaii’s First Congressional District. Serving as the District's local Senior Legislative Assistant on all matters relating to health and human services, education, public housing, small business, foreign affairs, and civil rights, Lauren led initiatives and oversaw a portfolio that included interfacing with many major US departments. Ms. Dods earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Project Manager

Lauren Dods, BA

Lynne Marsenich’s work focuses on bridging the gap between science and practice through the successful implementation of empirically-informed programs, treatments, and practices. She and her colleagues at the California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) have developed a multi-level intervention to help transport evidence-based practices into publicly funded behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice service systems. The intervention referred to as a Community Development Team has been used to help 32 California Counties and 30 community-based organizations successfully adopt, implement, and sustain seven separate evidence-based practices and programs. Ms. Marsenich is the Co-Principal Investigator on two NIMH-funded implementation grants. The first study tests the effectiveness of the Community Development Team. The second study examines the relationship between two different methods of implementing the Incredible Years parenting program and of promoting fidelity to the model. The study also tests the hypothesis that fidelity predicts positive outcomes for families. Prior to joining CiMH, Ms. Marsenich spent 20 years working in child and family service agencies – both public and private, non-profit – where she held a variety of positions from line practitioner to senior manager. Ms. Marsenich received her Bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California School of Social Work.

Evaluation Consultant

Lynne, Marsenich, LCSW

Mona Gil de Gibaja has worked in the human service field for more than 25 years. For the past 10 years, Dr. Gil de Gibaja has been working in Florida and California to create positive systems changes in the child welfare system.  In California she improved training and practice models for one of the largest public child welfare systems in the nation. She also worked for a national operating foundation to create the Neighborhood-Based Prevention Initiative and worked collaboratively with community residents and numerous public, non-profit and private organizations to build on community strengths, address needs, and prevent child abuse and neglect in two Los Angeles communities. Further, she helped facilitate the redesign of the child welfare system in North Central Florida, working closely with the lead private nonprofit child welfare agency serving 13 primarily rural counties to safely reduce entry into the foster care system and reduce timelines to permanency. Most recently she helped facilitate the development of the Library Partnership-A Neighborhood Resource Center in a high risk, vulnerable community to help strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Dr. Gil de Gibaja received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Florida International University and her doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Evaluation Consultant

Mona Gil de Gibaja, PhD, MSW

Nina Sabarre has over seven years of experience working on mixed-methods research and evaluation projects in over 25 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central America.  She consults on a wide variety of projects for clients ranging from USAID, to the World Bank, Facebook, the Los Angeles Police Department, and academic institutions. Her work focuses on program evaluation, international development, public-private partnerships, and data visualization.  She earned a Master’s degree in Political Science and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Virginia Tech, as well as a graduate certificate in Program Monitoring and Evaluation from American University.  Ms. Sabarre is currently pursuing her PhD in Evaluation and Applied Research at Claremont Graduate University.  

Evaluation Associate

Nina Sabarre, MA

Noreen Cortez is interested in bridging the gap between research and practice to improve the effectiveness of developmental interventions. She has experience in evaluation design and implementation, drafting evaluation plans and logic models, survey development and analysis, and report writing. She has supported the implementation of evaluations for a variety of programs including a civic engagement and leadership program for middle school youth in Los Angeles, a partnership connecting local schools with behavioral health services, and a program providing police officer training that addresses interactions with vulnerable populations. Ms. Cortez also has over 10 years of experience working with youth in classroom and after-school settings. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development and a multiple-subject teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master’s degree in Positive Developmental Psychology and Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University.

Evaluation Associate

Noreen Cortez, MA

Richard Tsujimoto has been a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Pitzer College and The Claremont Graduate University for more than three decades, and he has conducted both academic and program evaluation research. Many of his publications are in applied clinical psychology areas – e.g., child abuse prediction, improving clinical judgment, cost-effective and valid clinical outcome measures, and child sexual abuse research. Dr. Tsujimoto earned a California Psychology License (currently on Inactive Status), and for years he treated clients in private practice. He has served as a consultant for the California Institute for Mental Health (CiMH) on numerous clinical support projects and research projects with county departments of mental health. For example, he helped L.A. County Department of Mental Health contract agencies to implement and sustain Triple P, an evidence-based intervention for disruptive behavior problems in children and adolescents. He has also contributed to numerous CiMH evaluation reports analyzing the outcomes of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Tsujimoto earned his BA in Psychology from Stanford University, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Evaluation Consultant

Richard Tsujimoto, PhD

Rikke Addis has more than 15 years of experience helping behavioral health organizations evaluate their services and implement data-driven culture. Ms. Addis is a certified Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) trainer and focuses on implementing use of client feedback to guide practice. Additional areas of expertise include quality improvement, accreditation, implementation science, and child welfare. She has experience with both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and is a member of the Global Implementation Society. Ms. Addis earned her bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Evaluation Associate

Rikke Addis, MA