The CREA Team


Dr. Gwen C. Marchand, Director of CREA

UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education,Associate Professor

Principal Investigator (PI) on Educational Policy Outcomes Evaluation Project; PI on COBRE Assessment Project

Dr. Tiberio Garza, Associate Director of CREA

UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, Visiting Assistant Professor

Co-PI Educational Policy Outcomes Evaluation Project

Area of Expertise: Advanced quantitative methods, large-scale data analysis, and regional needs assessment

 

Cynthia Clark
UNLV, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Evaluation & Assessment Specialist

Area of Expertise: Qualitative methods evaluating the effectiveness of online education and educational technology.

Kristine Bragg
Graduate Assistant, COBRE Assessment Project

Christie Higgins-Gardner
Graduate Assistant, Educational Policy Outcomes

Elizabeth Hofschulte Collins
Graduate Assistant, Project Management, Educational Policy Outcomes Evaluation Project

Previous Graduate Assistants
Eboni Caridine
Rachel Part
Laura Bennet
Mehmet Dulgar

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Dr. Joseph Morgan

UNLV, Educational & Clinical Studies, Assistant Professor

Co-PI Educational Policy Outcomes Evaluation Project

Dr. PG Schrader

UNLV, Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor, PI 5-Year LSTA Evaluation

Expertise: Dr. Schrader specializes in quantitative and evaluation methods. His substantive expertise is learning from, with, and within immersive digital environments from a variety of content perspectives, including STEM.

Dr. Travis A Olson

UNLV, Teaching & Learning, Associate Professor

Expertise: Dr. Olson specializes in qualitative, observational, and content analysis. His substantive area of expertise is mathematics education, curricular research, and research on teacher knowledge.

Dr. Jonathan Hilpert
Georgia Southern University, Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, Associate Professor
Expertise: Dr. Hilpert’s research interests include student motivation, engagement, and interactive learning; complex, emergent, and dynamic properties of educational systems; and knowledge construction of complex scientific phenomena. He has expertise in a range of research methods and analytical techniques, including structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, longitudinal growth curve modeling, measurement and assessment of latent constructs, and methods for working with intensive data such as time series analysis and network analysis.

Dr. Matthew Bernacki
UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, Assistant Professor
Expertise: Dr. Bernacki’s research focuses on (1) the roles that motivations and metacognitive processes play when learners use technologies like hypertext, intelligent tutoring systems, and learning management systems, (2) the development of interventions and software to promote effective learning strategies, and motivation to learn AND (3) the development of learning materials and environments that personalize learning to students’ interests.

Dr. E. Michael Nussbaum
UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, Professor

Expertise: Dr. Nussbaum specializes in categorical statistics, educational policy, and discourse analysis. His substantive area of expertise is critical thinking and argumentation, and learning theory.

Dr. Stephanie Relles
UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, Assistant Professor

Expertise: Dr. Relles specializes in college readiness, postsecondary remediation higher education policy, and qualitative research methods. Additionally, her area of expertise is the influence of higher education policies on college access, persistence and degree completion for low-income and minority students.

Dr. Nathan M. Slife
UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, Assistant Professor in Residence, First and Send-Year Seminar Coordinator

Expertise: Dr. Slife’s methodological area of expertise includes hermeneutics and interpret social inquiry. His substantive expertise includes higher education, theoretical foundations and values of higher education, student affairs, student development theory, and first-year experience.

Dr. Michael McCreery
UNLV, Teaching and Learning, Assistant Professor of Learning Analytics

Expertise: Dr. McCreery’s research expertise includes psychometrics, instrument design, and program evaluation.

Dr. Katrina Liu
UNLV, Teaching and Learning, Assistant Professor

Expertise: Dr. Liu specializes in qualitative research. Her substantive expertise includes teacher professional development, online learning communities, international and comparative education, and recruiting, preparing, and supporting teachers of color.

Dr. Blanca Rincón
UNLV, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, Assistant Professor
Methodological Area of Expertise: Mixed-methods
Substantive Area of Expertise: STEM, Access and Equity in Higher Education

Previous Faculty Affiliates

Dr. Jori Beck