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. Director, the Research Group

    Rena Dorph is the Director for the Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The Research Group contributes to excellence, equity , and innovation in science...

  • Ardice Hartry, Ph.D. Deputy 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...

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

    Bernadette has extensive experience in research and evaluation of K-12 educational and community-based programs. She currently is leading...

  • 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 validity and enhance the effectiveness ...

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

    Valeria leads and supports research and evaluation projects related to science professional development initiatives and programs aimed to increase underrepresented...

  • 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 analyzing data. Celia assists with the recruitment of study participants and contributes...

  • Joo Chung photo Joo Chung, M.S. Associate Specialist

    Joo assists in survey design, data collection, and quantitative data analysis across a variety of research and evaluation projects. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California, Berkeley and his master's degree in...

  • Lisa Newton, M.A. Associate Research & Evaluation Specialist

    Lisa leads and supports research and evaluation projects related to informal science and engineering education, including museum exhibits and out-of-school programs. She is interested in...

  • 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 data collection instruments, communicating findings and providing...

  • Xiaoxue ‘Vera’ Zhang, M.S.Ed Research Associate

    Vera supports the research group by collecting data, conducting STEM education related program evaluations (summer camps, field trips, museum visits, etc.)...

  • 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...