Laura received her PhD in experimental developmental psychology, with an emphasis in program evaluation, from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Having over fifteen years of research experience, she has worked in academia as an assistant professor, primary investigator, and director of assessment and in the non-profit world as a director of research and as an evaluation specialist. Currently, she is as an adjunct professor at colleges and universities in southwest Missouri and provides grant-writing consultation services for area non-profits and educational organizations. She is a co-author on a book on violence prevention, has published numerous research publications in peer-reviewed journals — the most recent with two of her former students as co-authors — and has conducted over 35 presentations at local, state, and national conferences. Her research interest are diverse and address topics in the fields of developmental, social, community, cultural, counseling, and educational psychology; behavioral health and health promotion; prevention program development and evaluation; psychometrics and survey development; and higher education assessment. A self-admitted statistics nerd, Laura has extensive statistical expertise and is highly knowledgeable of advanced statistical analyses, including ANCOVA/MANCOVA, exploratory- and confirmatory-factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and HLM. Laura greatly enjoys being a collaborative consultant with students and, in the words of one of her former students, is very patient and teaches each individual person in way that he/she learns best. She enjoys assisting students at any stage of the research process, but is especially skilled at helping students on literature reviews, methodology, and statistical analyses.
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