CREA Team

CREA Directors

Gwen Marchand, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Co-Director of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). Her areas of research include academic motivation and engagement classroom systems, student mobility, collaborative team processes, and research and evaluation methods. He work on supporting student motivation in middle school science has been funded by the National Science Foundation. In her work with CREA she leverages mixed methods and innovative approaches, such as social network analyses, to conduct program evaluation and assessment in a range of disciplinary areas, including biomedical research and education. Dr. Marchand reviews for a range of journals and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Educational Psychology and Contemporary Educational Psychology. She is the co-editor of two methods-focused special issues, including one on mixed methods for Contemporary Educational Psychology, and a forthcoming one on complex systems approaches to educational research in Journal of Experimental Education. 

Bradley D. Marianno, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of educational policy and leadership and Co-Director of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). Marianno’s research focuses on the consequences of education policy change for educational governance and student outcomes with a substantive focus on local, state and federal teacher policy. His work has appeared in several policy journals including Economics of Education Review, Policy Studies Journal, Educational Policy, and AERA Open. He has provided expert opinion to media outlets like Education WeekThe74NPR, and Time. He graduated with his PhD in urban education policy from the University of Southern California (USC). He also holds master’s degrees in sociology and economics from Brigham Young University and USC, respectively.

CREA Associate Directors

Tiberio Garza, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) and Associate Director of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). Earning his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Tiberio joins the EPHE faculty with interest areas in applied statistics and English language learners. Previously, Tiberio has served as the Regional Evaluator for the Prevention Resource Center in Central Texas where he co-managed a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services, along with the evaluating the quality of regional data across 30 counties. Tiberio looks to bring further statistical and analytical knowledge to UNLV, while conducting high-level research and commitment to further teaching of students.

CREA Staff

Monica Johnson

CREA Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Kristine Bragg

CREA Graduate Students

Elizabeth Hofschulte Collins