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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:


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