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Staff

  • YaleEVAL Consultant

    Michael Awad joined the YaleEVAL team in 2018 following a two-year policy fellowship at the Office of Behavioral Equity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he co-led several national initiatives focused on eliminating health disparities and improving access, utilization, and outcomes of mental health services for vulnerable populations. Michael previously served as a school counselor and career counselor in New York City public and private schools. Michael’s evaluation and scholarly work focuses on promoting positive outcomes for young people through approaches such as school mental health, positive youth development, health promotion and substance abuse prevention, and social marketing. He currently chairs the New Haven Prevention Council, a twelve-sector community coalition focused on reducing adolescent substance and alcohol abuse in New Haven. As part of this, he coordinates a health promotion program in New Haven Public Schools called OneStep. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University and is a graduate of Yale’s Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology.

  • YaleEVAL Faculty

    Elizabeth H. Connors, PhD, joined the TCC faculty in January 2019. She has 16 years’ experience in children’s mental health, and her work focuses on how to improve access to high quality mental health services for youth and their families. Elizabeth partners with health and mental health providers, supervisors, and leaders in schools, community health and mental health organizations to 1) increase capacity; 2) improve system performance; and 3) identify, adopt, implement and sustain evidence-based practices. She has specialized expertise in data-driven decision making, outcomes monitoring, mental health screening and assessment, school-community-family partnerships, and using rapid-cycle continuous quality improvement methods and implementation science to accelerate systems change. Elizabeth received her BA in Psychology from Quinnipiac University and PhD in Clinical, Community and Child Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Elizabeth is a licensed clinical psychologist; her program evaluation, quality improvement consultation and research is informed by 10 years’ experience as a mental health clinician and clinical supervisor in Baltimore City before she joined the team at TCC.

  • YaleEVAL Faculty

    Cindy A. Crusto, PhD, joined TCC as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1999. Cindy directs the Program Evaluation and Trauma Research at The Consultation Center and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Cindy has more than 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to schools and to community-based organizations on the evaluation of prevention programs. She is interested in culturally relevant interventions for children from racial/ethnic minority and low-income backgrounds and in school-based behavioral health services. Cindy’s research examines the impact of family violence on children and the ecological influences on child and family well-being and includes rigorous evaluations of community-based initiatives involving substance use and violence prevention, and the promotion of school readiness. Cindy has been a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) since 2005 and has served as the Chair of a Task Force that developed the AEA Public Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation.

  • YaleEVAL Faculty

    Derrick Gordon, PhD, directs TCC’s Research, Policy and Program on Male Development. In his capacity at TCC, he provides evaluation consultation, community program consultation, and facilitation to federally funded (e.g., CDC) health initiatives, Connecticut State and New Haven initiatives, and National evaluation initiatives (e.g., Healthy Start, Fatherhood). These activities are conducted in partnership with key constituent groups. Since joining TCC in 1998, he has designed and led evaluations of health and human service programs across a variety of sectors including public health, men’s health, fatherhood, juvenile justice, education, youth development, behavioral health, and child welfare. These efforts are usually family focused and some have a special emphasis on men and boys. Derrick brings more than 20 years of experience providing consultation on the development and implementation of program evaluations to nonprofit agencies, coalitions, foundations, communities, and local and state departments. In his partnership with communities, he has focused on hearing their needs and actively engaging them in the evaluation process to build capacity that addresses their needs and are sustainable. Derrick has trained, both locally and nationally, on evaluation principles, techniques, and design. In addition to his involvement in key national organizations that support the development of evaluation consultants, he holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and completed postdoctoral training in community psychology methods.

  • YaleEVAL Senior Consultant

    Amy Griffin, MA, is the Director of Strategy and Operations for YaleEVAL. She also directs TCC’s Health Evaluation Initiatives, where she provides evaluation consultation, strategic planning, and facilitation to CDC-funded health initiatives in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Since joining TCC in 2006, she has designed and led evaluations of health and human service programs across a variety of sectors including public health, education, youth development, behavioral health, and child welfare. Amy brings more than 20 years of experience providing consultation on the development and implementation of program evaluations to nonprofit agencies, coalitions, foundations, and local and state departments. She partners with her clients to actively engage them in the evaluation process to build evaluation capacity that is sustainable beyond the partnership. Amy trains nonprofit and state-level organizations in evaluation principles, techniques, and design, and frequents as an invited guest speaker at universities on evaluation, consultation, and group facilitation. She has been a member of the American Evaluation Association since 1998 and presents at state and national conferences on topics related to evaluation. Amy holds a master’s degree in Communications and has advanced training in Family and Child Ecology and nonprofit management.
  • YaleEVAL Faculty

    Joy S. Kaufman, PhD, joined TCC in 1992 as a psychology intern and currently serves as TCC’s Deputy Director. Her work focuses on evaluating programs and service delivery systems including working with stakeholders to use data to inform program and policy development. A unique feature of her work is training community members to evaluate the services they receive and to utilize data so that they can provide rigorous and systematic feedback to improve services and participate in decision-making about their community. Currently Joy is overseeing the evaluation of Connecticut’s Children’s Behavioral Health Network of Care (CONNECT), leading a National Institute of Justice funded national evaluation of two promising practices to reduce domestic violence homicide, providing evaluation consultation to state departments and community organizations to enhance their capacity to collect and utilize evaluation data, and partnering with consumers of behavioral health services to conduct evaluations with the goal of enhancing the services they receive. Joy received her Ph.D. in clinical and community psychology from DePaul University. She is a licensed psychologist who has an appointment as a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine.
  • YaleEVAL Consultant

    Elizabeth McGee, MA, serves as an Evaluation Coordinator at the Consultation Center. Since joining TCC in 2019, Elizabeth has supported public health and behavioral health focused evaluations. Elizabeth has a passion for tackling systemic problems and loves working in the community to re-imagine a better future. Elizabeth brings more than 10 years of experience providing training, coaching and consultation on the development and implementation of program evaluations to nonprofit agencies, foundations, universities and local and state departments, and has expertise in evaluation, performance measurement, capacity building, strategic planning, systems change (including Collective Impact) and creative placemaking. Elizabeth has been a member of the American Evaluation Association since 2009 and frequently presents at national conferences. Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in Community Psychology and has a Certificate in Adult Learning, specializing Adult and Community Education.

  • YaleEVAL Senior Consultant

    Joanna Meyer, MAT, joined TCC in 2014 and currently serves as Assistant Director of Child Well-Being and Education Research. She also co-directs the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER). In her projects, she aims to partner with education stakeholders to conduct research and evaluation studies that can inform the improvement of education systems and practices. Joanna’s interests include educational equity, early childhood education, the transition to K-12 education, family engagement, social-emotional learning, multilingual learners, and STEM education. Before coming to TCC, Joanna spent two years with the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, a 5-year science education initiative based at the University of Maine with funding from the National Science Foundation. She also has 10 years of experience as an educator, both in the public-school setting (grades 6-12) and in non-traditional settings (grades K-8 and ages 16-24).

  • YaleEVAL Faculty

    Michael Strambler, PhD, directs TCC’s Child Wellbeing and Education Research as well as the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER). His work focuses on school-based applied research and evaluation, especially among children and youth. As director of PEER, he works with CT local and state-level partners in evaluating practices and programs that have practical significance to early childhood practitioners and policymakers. This, and much of his other work, focuses on producing and using evidence for decision-making. Mike also leads several evaluation and measurement efforts focused on social and emotional learning (SEL). He is especially interested in the measurement of SEL implementation practices and their link to student outcomes. He has a strong background in quantitative analysis and currently teaches a postdoctoral seminar on research methods and data analysis. Mike received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of California, Berkeley and is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Prevention and Community Research at the Yale School of Medicine.
  • YaleEVAL Faculty

    Jacob (Jack) Tebes, PhD, joined TCC in 1984 and currently serves as the Executive Director. He has 30 years of experience conducting evaluations of child, family, school, and community-based programs and services, and providing consultation and training to build evaluation capacity in government agencies, community and healthcare organizations, and schools. Over the course of his career, he has led a variety of evaluation and evaluation capacity initiatives. For example, he leads a consultant team to build evaluation capacity in nonprofit organizations in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey through the Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative (BECI) and the Readiness, Implementation, and Sustainability for Effectiveness (RISE) Partnership. He also works closely with community coalitions to implement and evaluate school programs to promote healthy lifestyle choices among New Haven youth and trauma-informed services in schools and communities in Greater Philadelphia. He previously collaborated with City of Philadelphia agencies and local organizations to conduct an arts-based evaluation of Philadelphia neighborhoods, and for several years oversaw evaluation and data analytic capacity initiatives to inform practice and policy for the Rhode Island Data Analytic Center, a public-academic partnership between Yale and Rhode Island DCYF. He is a clinical/community psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Child Study, and Public Health, Yale University, and Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry.
  • YaleEVAL Consultant

    Devon White is a licensed clinical social worker who joined TCC in 2014 as the Coordinator for the Community Support Services team at Riverside Education Academy in New Haven. He has been providing clinical services to children and adolescents for 8 years primarily servicing underserved populations at high risk for criminal justice involvement including those in DCF custody and enrolled in alternative education. His work focuses on overcoming trauma, developing strategies for educators to work with traumatized youth, as well as restorative justice. In addition to his work with youth, he provides clinical supervision to facilitators of mandated domestic violence groups and has assisted in research addressing the needs of individuals transitioning from incarceration back to the community.