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  • Lucas Moore, Ed.D.


    (304) 293-2098

    I am a Research Assistant Professor with the Program Evaluation Research Center. My areas of interest are program evaluation (process and outcome), evaluation design, research design, and quantitative data analysis.

  • Reagan Curtis, Ph.D.

    PERC Founder and Chair of Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

    (304) 293-2098

    I pursue a diverse research agenda including areas of interest in (a) the development of mathematical and scientific knowledge across the lifespan, (b) online delivery methods and pedagogical approaches to university instruction, and (c ) research methodology, program evaluation, and data analysis (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological) for studies in developmental, educational, and counseling contexts.

  • Terence Ahern, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3804

    I have an extensive research background in social media, social media software engineering, dynamic systems and gaming.

  • Malayna Bernstein, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3202

    I am interested in how people learn. Specifically, I study teacher education and professional development, the cultural contexts for learning, the cognitive foundations of reading and writing, and qualitative methods.

  • John Blake, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-2178

    I am an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. I am currently the primary investigator of a study conducted at the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center focused on relationships between attachment style, hope, and patient outcomes following traumatic injury.

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  • Darran Cairns, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3330

    I received a B.S. in Physics (1995) and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (1999) from the University of Birmingham (UK). My research in engineering focuses on the development of flexible nano-composite materials, high performance coatings, and flexible electronic devices.

  • Jeffrey Carver, Ed.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3841

    My research interests focus on novel ways to improve teaching and learning of science at the middle, secondary and post-secondary levels.

  • Jeff Daniels, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-2235

    I am an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology program. I am one of the two primary researchers in the study of global hostage-taking, a research initiative being carried out by academics, Federal agents, and law enforcement officials to study hostage-taking from the perpetrators’ perspectives.

  • Sharon Hayes, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-4204

    I am interested in how individuals become teachers and develop and reshape their beliefs, attitudes, and practices over the course of their professional lifetimes.

  • Melissa Hartley, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3923

    My areas are special education and quantitative data analysis, including structural equation modeling (both partial least squares and covariance based), factor analysis, path analysis, discriminant function analysis, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, t-tests, correlation, and non-parametric tests.

  • Helen Hazi, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-1885

    I track and interpret those laws and policies in the 50 states that have consequence for instructional supervision, i.e., teacher observation, curriculum and staff development.

  • Paul Hernandez, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-4075

    My main program of research focuses on the regulation of motivation, social influences processes, and role such processes play in the academic persistence of underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

  • Monica Leppma, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-0540

    My research interests encompass mental health and school counseling.

  • Kristin Moilanen, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-2061

    I am a developmental psychologist, and my expertise is in the period of adolescence. My research interests include self-regulation, social relationships, and risk behaviors during adolescence and emerging adulthood

  • Karen Rambo-Hernandez, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-2156

    I am interested the assessment of student learning, particularly the assessment of academic growth, and evaluating the impact of curricular change.

  • Amy Root, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-0380

    Broadly, my research efforts focus on the interpersonal processes involved in the children’s healthy development. Specifically, my work has primarily focused on the role of parents in the development of children’s emotion self-regulation and anxious, wary behavior.

  • Christine Schimmel, Ed.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-2266

    My research interests include school counseling and incorporating counseling theories into practice. I am also interested in explorations of creative counseling techniques including play therapy.

  • Neal Shambaugh, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-2060

    My areas are instructional design, technology-teaching, pedagogical content knowledge, visuals and mental models, and my research interests are ID Pedagogy, Developmental Research, Mental Models, Visual Literacy, Design Thinking, Technology Integration, Professional Development, Online Program Development.

  • Kostantinos Sierros, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3420

    Currently I am an Assistant Professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at WVU. My research is focused on the development of flexible devices for energy harvesting and on the tribology of functional coatings.

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  • Audra Slocum, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-1288

    I am a qualitative researcher of adolescent cultural identity and literacy practices.

  • Megan Smith, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 581-1752

    Works with West Virginia Department of Education’s Project AWARE, promoting emotional health and safety in West Virginia public schools.

  • Jessica Troilo, Ph.D.

    Faculty Affiliate

    (304) 293-3424

    I am an assistant professor in Child Development and Family Studies. I am primarily a qualitative researcher who studies fatherhood. I focus on cultural conceptions of fathers, both personal and media, and divorced fatherhood.

Along with our faculty affiliates, PERC also employs a group of graduate student researchers who help to make it possible for the center to function. They are as follows:


Atiyah Alghamdi, Graduate Student

I am interested in investigating higher education movement toward knowledge society and educational reform endeavors. I have more than 15 years experiences in both public and higher education and I have witnessed several educational reform initiatives. Therefore, I plan to study the knowledge society movement across cultures and its impact on educational reform initiatives, which incorporates a mechanism for developing faculty members and students as knowledge workers for promoting increased innovation. Besides, I would like to explore the gender roles in knowledge society in terms of equality. This investigation will lead to support intellectual capital for females and males to transfer to Knowledge Society in higher educational institutions.


Jennifer Francis, Graduate Student

I am a second year graduate student in the Educational Research and Evaluation Master’s program. I completed my undergraduate studies at Alderson-Broaddus College where I received my degree in both Secondary Math Education and Mathematics in 2013. I recently taught Math I and Math II at a local high school, and I am currently a substitute teacher. My particular research interests are in mathematics education (including all grade levels), project/problem based learning, and the evaluation of various educational programs.


Natalya Kuznetsova, Graduate Student

I am a doctoral student specializing in curriculum, literacy and cultural studies. Having background in linguistics and foreign language pedagogy, I am interested in socio-cultural foundations of foreign language acquisition and literacy, heritage speakers’ literacy, and language and identity. I am also concerned with the efficiency of different instructional practices, designing and developing of foreign language courses and curriculum, evaluating educational programs.

David Loomis, Graduate Student

I am an doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Education and a graduate assistant for PERC. My interests are broad and include specialties within program evaluation, quantitative analyses, applied behavior analysis (ABA), behavioral consulting and teacher training for school districts, effective teaching strategies for students with special needs, community building, the modern state of ethics, and swing dancing.


Sera Mathew, Graduate Student

I am interested in women’s reproductive health curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. I have extensive experience working as a health educator and am interested in designing and evaluating programs to help improve reproductive health outcomes among marginalized and underserved communities in the US and in India. 


Taylor Mikalik, Graduate Student

I am a doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Education and a graduate assistant for PERC.  My interest tend to lean towards higher education, disability studies, and policy. All of these interests germinated due to the extensive experience I gain while working at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities