Emma is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research with expertise including advanced quantitative analysis, innovative, rigorous, and theory-driven research and evaluation, instrument development, protocol development and data collection, and technical assistance. Her expertise in developmental psychology provides a lens through which she studies various educational phenomena ranging from educator preparation, impact studies of new curricula, school violence, and social context of educational settings. Emma is the principal investigator (PI) of a National Institutes of Justice (NIJ)-funded Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Grant to examine a large longitudinal dataset to identify root causes and consequences of school violence and the school-to-prison pipeline. She is a co-PI of several projects with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central, leading projects focused on research and technical assistance related to four states’ educator mobility and attrition, and developing an evaluation of educator certification rule changes and educator preparation programs in South Dakota. Emma directs the formative and summative evaluations of numerous projects focused on mathematics and science education, including various National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees. She co-directed the evaluation of a screening tool for a national publisher, and a quasi-experimental impact study for the same publisher. In addition to several other projects, Emma has served in technical assistance roles, as a member of the NSF-funded Technical Evaluation Assistance in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) project, where she provided support for improving the rigor of evaluation of mathematics-science partnerships supported by NSF and the U.S. Department of Education. She is a certified reviewer for the What Works Clearinghouse Version 4.0. Emma completed her PhD (2015) and MA (2012) in Developmental Psychology at the University of Denver with a focus in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. She received a dissertation award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Emma earned her BA (2009) in Honors Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter (MN).

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