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Diane M. Monrad, Ph.D.

Diane M. Monrad, Ph.D.
Terminal Degree: Ph.D. in Psychology, Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests:  Program evaluation, school climate, school accountability, improvement of low-performing schools, and school leadership

Diane M. Monrad, Ph.D. is the director of the South Carolina Educational Policy Center in the College of Education at USC-Columbia and a research associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry. Monrad has extensive research experience in program evaluation, educational policy analysis, and assessment of educational reform programs. She is currently a principal investigator for the evaluation of South Carolina's Reading First (SCRF) program and the Center's ongoing study of school climate. She also has expertise in research methodology and instrument development; establishing team relationships, and consensus building with diverse groups.



Tiffany Hibshman-Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

Grants Manager
Terminal Degree: M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration


Research Associates

Mihaela Ene, Ph.D.

Mihaela Ene, Ph.D.
Office Number: 803-777-7416
Office Location: Wardlaw 016
Terminal Degree: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research, University of South Carolina
Research Interests: Latent Variable Modeling, Multilevel Modeling, Program Evaluation, Survey Development, and Classroom Assessment

Elizabeth Leighton

Elizabeth Leighton
Office Number: 803-777-0316
Terminal degree/program: MSW; Ph.D. candidate in Educational Research and Measurement
Research Interests: Program evaluation, survey development, school climate, applications of latent variable modeling


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