Amy Sussman recently joined NCSER as a research scientist. She will provide technical assistance to grant applicants and oversee the work of grantees in the areas of cognition and student learning in special education, autism spectrum disorders, and the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education. Amy comes to NCSER from the National Science Foundation, where she managed the Developmental and Learning Sciences grant program. She has conducted research on early care and education at Georgetown University, provided assistance to federal agencies as a research analyst at the American Institutes for Research, and served as an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow in the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Amy received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Yale University, where she studied the development of memory processes.
Isaiah O'Rear has recently joined NCES as an associate research scientist in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education Division. His work will focus on adult and career education. Isaiah is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education with a concentration in the economics of education. Isaiah's research experience has involved analyzing longitudinal data on student success at community colleges, isolating the effects of study abroad programs on academic outcomes, and investigating effective K–12 teaching practices. Isaiah's teaching experiences include after-school literacy programs at the elementary level and summer cultural enrichment programs for high school students.
Terris Ross has joined NCES as a research scientist for the Annual Reports program in the Early Childhood, International, and Crosscutting Studies Division. Terris will work on the congressionally mandated study of college access and persistence for males of under-represented racial/ethnic groups and contribute to other indicator reports, such as the Condition of Education 2011. Before joining NCES, Terris was the Coordinator of Assessment, Evaluation and Development for Henry County Schools in Georgia. Previously, she conducted data analysis for state recognitions and accountability programs at the Georgia Department of Education. Her published work in psychometric journals includes investigations of threats to test validity in the form of differential item/bundle functioning. Terris' research interests span a wide range of issues regarding valid and reliable measures of academic progress across all levels of education. Terris received her doctorate in research, measurement, and statistics from Georgia State University.
Sean Simone, a new associate research scientist in NCES, has joined the sample survey team in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education Division. Prior to joining NCES, Sean was an Association for Institutional Research/National Center for Education Statistics Postdoctoral Policy Fellow and his research project focused on tuition pricing. Sean previously served as a research policy analyst for the Maryland Independent College and University Association. Sean's research interests include higher education economics and finance; postsecondary education pricing and costs; prestige and college rankings; and organization theory in higher education. Sean holds a doctorate in education policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.