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December 2006

Staff News

Christina Chhin Named NCER Associate Research Scientist Teaching and Learning Division

Christina Chhin
Christina Chhin received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Her doctoral research examined school engagement among inner-city Hispanic American adolescents. Christina's broad areas of interest include adolescent development and academic achievement among minority youth.

Robin Harwood Named NCER Senior Research Scientist Teaching and Learning Division

Robin HarwoodRobin Harwood comes to IES by way of Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, where she held a visiting professor appointment in psychology. Prior to her year in Germany, Robin was professor of human development and family studies at Texas Tech University. In addition, she has held academic positions at the University of Connecticut and the University of New Orleans. Her Ph.D. is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her research has focused on the cultural context of normative development. Most recently she has conducted cross-national research regarding acculturative processes among immigrant families in the United States and Germany.

Amy Silverman

Amy SilvermanAmy Silverman is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. Before coming to IES, Amy was an APA-IES postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland where she worked on two IES-funded research projects—the evaluation of Second Step, a social and character development program, and the evaluation of Instructional Consultation Teams. In addition, Amy has held a research associate/assistant professor position at the University of Minnesota. Her broad areas of interest are in program evaluation and violence prevention.