Jeff is an educational psychologist with a focus on research methods, psychological measurement, and human motivation. He has focused primarily on expectancy-value motivation and utility value in experimental, longitudinal, and validation research. In addition to designing and launching a large researcher-practitioner partnership study in entry-level community math students, Jeff also worked as a graduate assessment consultant for general education and residence life.
His work has been presented to researchers and practitioners at national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), the International Conference on Motivation (ICM), and the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Jeff has published research in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal for Early Adolescence (JEA), the Journal of Developmental Education, the Journal of Educational Psychology (JEP), and Contemporary Educational Psychology (CEP). He has also contributed to chapters on motivational theory (Psychosocial Skills and School Systems in the 21st Century) and measurement (Cambridge Handbook of Motivation and Learning) as well as intervention fidelity (Treatment Fidelity in Studies of Educational Intervention).
Jeff is a research scientist and the lead evaluator for most custom evaluation work in higher education and population health programs. In service of this work, he is helping to develop and refine standardized evaluation measures for CCL content and leadership skills. In addition, he is exploring methods for conducting pre-post 360 feedback assessments and novel learning metrics. Jeff also serves as an internal resource for data cleaning, analysis, and reporting with R.
Ph.D. in Educational Research: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia
M.A. Psychological Science: Quantitative Methods from James Madison University
B.A. Psychology from Northern Illinois University
Jeff is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE).
Jeff’s background is heavily rooted in motivation research for education and methodological work and he works at the intersection of content and methods. His prior research on motivation focused on students in classroom settings and their perceptions of value. Methodologically, his background is in quantitative psychology and measurement with a focus on field experiments, implementation fidelity, and advanced statistics. One of his goals is to develop better measurement practices for applied research by balancing technical demands of high quality measurement and practical concerns of operating in real-life contexts (i.e., Pragmatic Measurement).
He is currently working to develop program evaluations that are simultaneously formative for participants, diagnostic for program developers, and summative for clients and funders.
Honors, Awards, Grants
Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network Fellow, Carnegie Foundation: 2013-2014.
Virginia Education Science Training Fellow, University of Virginia: 2013-2017.
Removing Barriers to Success: An Integrative Expectancy-Value Intervention (NSF).
Areas of Expertise
Motivation & Engagement, Evaluation, Human Motivation, Educational Research, Research Methods, Psychological Measurement