Lisa is a doctoral candidate in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, with an expected completion of degree in May 2020. She holds a Master’s degree in the same concentration with an emphasis in Program Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a double minor in Psychology and Education Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Lisa has worked as a Senior Research and Evaluation Associate at YD Eval for the past seven years. She joined the YD Eval team when she first arrived at CGU because she was drawn to Dr. Berry’s commitment to improving the lives of children through high-quality program evaluation. As part of the YD Eval team, Lisa regularly conducts research and evaluation on programs and interventions designed to promote positive youth development (PYD) and children’s well-being in a variety of community-based settings, including K-12 schools, afterschool programs, and youth development programs. Given her specific research interests in understanding best practices and systems for promoting social emotional competencies in youth, she regularly serves as a content expert on projects focused on social-emotional learning (SEL), trauma-informed care (TIC), adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and resilience, where she enjoys contributing her knowledge of the empirical literature base to program improvement and impact evaluation efforts.
In her time on the YD Eval team, she has served as the Project Manager on five different projects, including: (a) a seven-year longitudinal study of a college readiness program that employed SEL strategies to increase college persistence, (b) a multi-site evaluation of a K -12 based stress reduction program for children, their parents, and teachers, and most recently, (c) the development of an evaluative framework for examining how afterschool programs build protective factors associated with resilience. Currently, she serves as a Senior Research and Evaluation Associate on two projects: an impact evaluation examining the effectiveness of a girls-centric program for girls aged 8-18 and a five-year partnership with San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and their Families examining the implementation and outcomes of one of their city-wide staff-development initiatives.
Outside of YD Eval work and school, Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, getting away on weekend excursions with friends and family, binge-listening podcasts on wellness, crossfitting with her husband, and bonding with her energetic, fun-loving toddler.