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Ohio's SPF-PFS Evaluation Team (OSET) Biographies

Ohio's SPF-PFS Evaluation Team (OSET)

Ohio’s SPF-PFS Evaluation Team (also known as OSET) provides evaluation support for Ohio’s SPF-PFS Initiative. The evaluation team is comprised of faculty and professional staff from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). OSET provides training and technical assistance for the essential elements of a strong evaluation framework – data collection, needs assessment, logic modeling, and data-driven strategic planning. OSET also supports Ohio’s SPF-PFS communities in meeting SAMHSA’s federal reporting requirements for the SPF-PFS. In addition to large group learning events, each community is assigned a local evaluator for one-on-one technical assistance.

Holly Raffle, PhD, MCHES

Holly Raffle, Lead Evaluator, is an Associate Professor at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Dr. Raffle works primarily in the disciplines of K-12 education, post-secondary education, and public health. Dr. Raffle is the lead evaluator for Ohio's Partnerships for Success (PFS) project and has worked on a wide variety of AOD prevention initiatives across Ohio, including the Ohio SPF-SIG. In 2014, Dr. Raffle was the recipient of the Ohio MHAS Prevention Champion Award.

 


Nicole Yandell

Nicole Yandell is a Research Associate at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Nicole has a Master of Arts in sociology from The Ohio State University. She works on projects related to health, AOD prevention, education, and the environment.


David Collins, PhD, MPA

David Collins is a Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Dr. Collins has led or co-led a number of research and evaluation projects in substance abuse prevention and mental health services. His experience has included directing SIG and SPF-SIG grants in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee and he worked on Ohio’s SPF-SPE project. He has also been an investigator on NIDA funded studies to prevent youth use of harmful legal products to get high.

Jessica Collura, PhD

Jessica Collura is a Research Associate at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Dr. Collura earned her doctorate degree from the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on youth engagement in community networks, youth organizing, and positive youth development. Jessica has also published on the topics of youth organizing for school and community reform, youth violence prevention and youth development.

 


Matthew Courser, PhD

Matthew Courser is a Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). He is a program evaluator and research methodologist who has worked domestically and internationally in the areas of prevention, treatment, and public health since 2003. He currently serves as the CQI Field Agent for the Bureau of Problem Gambling and is part of the evaluation team for the Ohio SPF-PFS project.

 


Holly Craycraft

Holly Craycraft is a Research Assistant at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Holly has extensive experience providing logistical support to projects related to health, AOD prevention, education, and the environment.


Karen Friend, PhD, CPSS

Karen Friend is Senior Scientist, Associate Center Director, and Board Member at PIRE and an Adjunct Professor at Brown Medical School. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Friend oversees the provision of TTA to Rhode Island and Massachusetts communities implementing various prevention initiatives. She also leads various state evaluations, including SAMHSA's Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery grant in Rhode Island.


Laura Milazzo

Laura Milazzo is a Senior Research Associate at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Since 2003, Laura has conducted a wide variety of health and social service projects including evaluation, applied research, and planning for foundations, non-profits, social service organizations, and government agencies. Previously, Laura worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a social science research analyst.


April Schweinhart

April Schweinhart is an Associate Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Since starting work with PIRE in 2016, she has been bringing her background in computational strategies and research methods to multiple prevention and public health related projects, including the Ohio SPF-PFS project. Other projects she is involved in relate to educational evaluation and assessing community needs.

 


Lezlee Ware, PhD

Lezlee Ware is a Research Associate at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She has a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology and has conducted public health research since 2008. Dr. Ware has extensive experience working within Ohio’s Appalachian region, has evaluated coalition programming, and has worked with a variety of substance abuse prevention programs.