The following biographies demonstrate the rich, comprehensive, and diverse knowledge, skills, and backgrounds that comprise the professional experience and expertise of our team.

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  • Rena Dorph photo Rena Dorph, Ph.D. Interim Director of the Hall

    Rena Dorph is the Interim Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science. She assumed the role on May 1, 2016 after the retirement of Elizabeth K. Stage, who served as Director of the Hall from ...

  • Ardice Hartry, Ph.D. Interim Director, the Research Group

    Ardice has conducted research & evaluation of PK-16 educational and community-based programs for more than 10 years. At the Research...

  • Mac Cannady photo Mac Cannady, Ph.D. Director of Quantitative Studies

    Mac provides research design and statistical analysis expertise to several projects within the Research Group. His work aims to improve the internal ...

  • Celia Castillo photo Celia Castillo, B.A. Research Associate

    Celia manages and supports a variety of research and evaluation projects within the Research Group by collecting, organizing, tracking, and ...

  • Ying-Fang Chen, Ph.D. headshot Ying-Fang Chen, Ph.D. Research Specialist

    Ying-Fang Chen has many years of professional experience in item response theory modeling, statistical methodology, large-scale higher education ...

  • Bernadette Chi, Ph.D. Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist

    Bernadette has extensive experience in research and evaluation of K-12 educational and community-based ...

  • Melissa Collins, Ph.D. headshot Melissa Collins, Ph.D. Research Specialist

    Melissa brings expertise in research design, data analysis, and report writing to a range of projects within the Research Group. Prior to joining the Lawrence Hall of Science, ...

  • Rosalinda Nava, B.A. Rosalinda Nava, B.A. Research Assistant

    Rosalinda assists in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting a wide range of data across a variety of projects in the Research Group. She also collaborates on evaluation and ...

  • Aparajita Pande, B.A. Aparajita Pande, B.A. Research Assistant

    Aparajita Pande assists in research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting for a variety of projects in the Research Group. Prior to joining the ...

  • Valeria Romero, M.A. Associate Research & Evaluation Specialist

    Valeria leads and supports research and evaluation projects related to science professional development initiatives and ...

  • Kalie Sacco, B.A. Research Associate

    Kalie works across a variety of projects in the Research Group by supporting participant recruitment, collecting and analyzing data, developing ...

  • Keri Waller, B.S. Research Associate

    Keri Waller contributes to a variety of projects in the Research Group through collecting and analyzing data, developing instruments ...