The CADRE team consists of core staff members, faculty affiliates and doctoral researchers.   To learn more about any of the projects referenced on our site, please contact Elena Diaz-Bilello.  If you are interested in working with our team, please go to the Working with CADRE page.  

Center Staff


Jessica Alzen

Postdoctoral Associate
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Jessica Alzen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CADRE. Dr. Alzen's research work focuses on evaluating outcomes associated with the Learning Assistants project implemented in the undergraduate STEM disciplinary areas at CU Boulder. Before her tenure at CU, she taught middle school math and college writing. Her research interests include teacher and program evaluation, quasi-experimental design, and hierarchical linear modeling. Education PhD Research and Evaluation Methodology, University of Colorado Boulder,...

Allison Atteberry

REM/CADRE Faculty • Assistant Professor
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Allison Atteberry is an assistant professor in the Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM) program, within the CU-Boulder School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Stanford School of Education in educational policy analysis, with a minor in statistics. Dr. Atteberry conducts research on teacher- and school-level interventions designed to improve the quality of instruction experienced by historically underserved students. As a field, we are increasingly aware of...

Derek Briggs

CADRE Director • Professor and Chair
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Derek Briggs is professor and chair of the Research and Evaluation Methodology program. He is also the director of the Center for Assessment Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE) . Dr. Briggs’s research agenda focuses upon building sound methodological approaches for the measurement and evaluation of growth in student learning. His daily agenda is to challenge conventional wisdom and methodological chicanery as they manifest themselves in educational research, policy and practice...

Elena Diaz-Bilello

CADRE Associate Director
Elena Diaz-Bilello is the Associate Director at CADRE and collaborates with state agencies, school districts, and educational organizations to develop practical and sound approaches for addressing assessment and educational policy challenges. She draws on her background in measurement, evaluation and policy to help design, implement and evaluate educational reforms and initiatives, and to develop comprehensive assessment strategies to foster deeper learning for all students. Prior to joining CADRE in 2015,...

Mimi Engel

REM/CADRE Faculty • Associate Professor
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Mimi Engel is an associate professor in the Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM) program in the CU-Boulder School of Education. Through her research Dr. Engel aims to contribute to our understanding of how policies and programs affect children’s developmental outcomes and opportunities to learn. Her interest in studying how schools and other contexts influence students is informed by her training in human development and social policy and social work. Spanning...

Whitney LeBoeuf

Senior Research Associate
Whitney LeBoeuf is a Senior Research Associate at CADRE with expertise in quantitative methodology and social policy. She has contributed her leadership to research partnerships with local, state and national government leaders around high-priority policy issues. Dr. LeBoeuf’s current projects include an examination of Denver Public School’s Arts and Physical Education programs, an evaluation of a Project-Based Learning Curriculum funded by the Lucas Foundation, and the development of a typology...
Ben Shear

Benjamin Shear

REM/CADRE Faculty • Assistant Professor
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Benjamin Shear is an assistant professor in the Research and Evaluation Methodology program in January 2017. His primary research interests address topics in psychometrics and applied statistics, including validity theory, differential item functioning, and the application of diagnostic classification models. His work aims to inform our perspectives about test score meaning and use for research and accountability purposes, and to help answer questions such as, “what do test scores measure,...

Lorrie Shepard

REM/CADRE Faculty • Dean and Distinguished Professor
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Lorrie A. Shepard, PhD is University Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on psychometrics and the use and misuse of tests in educational settings. Her technical work has contributed to validity theory, standard setting, and statistical models for detecting test bias. Her research studies on test use have addressed the identification of learning disabilities, readiness screening for kindergarten,...

Faculty Affiliates

Erin Furtak

Erin Furtak

Associate Professor
Science Education
Erin Marie Furtak is Associate Professor of Education specializing in Science Education. Dr. Furtak's research grew out of her own experiences as a public high school teacher, in which she struggled to enact science teaching reforms in her own classroom. Her work focuses on how to support secondary science teachers in improving their everyday formative assessment practices. With the support of a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr...

Valerie Otero

Professor and Program co-chair
Science Education
Valerie Otero is professor of science education. Dr. Otero’s research explores the dynamic nature of the learning environment and how it influences (and is influenced by) the evolution of students’ ideas. She also studies prospective and practicing teachers’ conceptions of students’ prior knowledge, and teachers’ conceptions of the use of students’ prior knowledge for teaching and learning. Her teaching interests are in the areas of elementary science methods, the nature...
Bill Penuel

William Penuel

Learning Sciences & Human Development
Bill Penuel is Professor of Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences. He joined the faculty of the School of Education in 2011. Professor Penuel began his career in the field of youth development, developing expertise in program development and evaluation. In his doctoral and early career research, he developed a framework that integrated traditional psychosocial perspectives on identity formation with Vygotskian theories of development. As Director of Evaluation Research at the...     303-492-4541
David Webb

David Webb

Associate Professor and Program Co-chair
Math Education
David Webb is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and the Executive Director of Freudenthal Institute USA , an international research collaborative for mathematics education. Dr. Webb's research interests are in the areas of the preparation of mathematics teachers, classroom assessment, and the design of professional development activities. Recent research projects have focused on studies of teacher change in classroom assessment, the impact of reform curricula on student learning and achievement,...     303-492-0306


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Amy Burkhardt

Doctoral Researcher
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Amy Burkhardt is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. She has a B.A. in Psychology, and her background consists of experience in survey development, data analysis, IQ test administration, and automated scoring for both formative and summative assessments. She is interested in measuring learning and problem solving skills.
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Rajendra Chattergoon

Doctoral Researcher
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Rajendra Chattergoon is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. He received a B.A. in Chemistry and Religion from Rutgers University, and a M.S.Ed. in Science Education from the City University of New York. He taught Chemistry before beginning his Ph.D. His research interests include formative and summative assessment, educational and psychological measurement, and program evaluation

Spencer Dudley

Doctoral Researcher
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Spencer Dudley is a PhD student in the School of Education’s Research and Evaluation Methodology program. Before pursuing doctoral studies, he worked in international education and program evaluation and has an MA in International Education Development from Teachers College Columbia University. His research interests focus on evaluation theory and statistical approaches to causal inference.

Borbála Máhr

Doctoral Researcher
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Borbala Mahr is a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. She received an M.A. in English language and literature with teaching certificates from the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, and an M.Ed. in Research on Teaching and Learning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Before her studies in educational research, she taught English as a foreign language in her native Hungary. Her interests...
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Richard Noone

Doctoral Researcher
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Richard Noone is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant in the Research Evaluation Methodology program of CU Boulder’s College of Education. He has an MAT in ESL/EFL and an MEd in Measurement Evaluation Statistics and Assessment. Richard has come to CU Boulder from Muscat, Oman where he was a Senior Language Instructor and Test Statistician at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). In addition to teaching at SQU, he applied Rasch measurement...