“An education is a powerful tool that opens children’s minds to the possibilities of the world around them and prepares them to contribute to society. So it’s critical that the decisions that impact children’s educational experiences be based on sound research and evidence.”
With a passion for early learning and child development, Carrie sees education research as a strong basis for helping educators provide children with productive opportunities to grow academically and socially.
As senior researcher at Marzano Research, Carrie leads numerous projects such as program evaluations, applied research studies, data collection and analysis, and technical support for early childhood education. In addition, she is deputy director for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central, overseeing work related to developing partnerships and disseminating information about projects. She has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, cross-cultural research, and instrument design and validation.
Carrie has a long history of providing support for data use and evidence-based practices related to child development, including work on REL Central projects focused on early childhood education. As assistant director of research for the Marsico Institute at the University of Denver, for example, she helped to establish and implement a strategic plan for research initiatives and managed a large portfolio of projects with school districts, state departments of education, and federal agencies. Previously, she worked as an evaluation specialist in a school district and as a principal researcher at McREL International.
Carrie earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville. She has training in quasi-experimental designs through the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and in hierarchical linear modeling at the University of Chicago. She is also a certified CLASS observer at the preK and toddler levels, and is a member of the National Expert Panel on infant/toddler workforce sponsored by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning. Carrie has authored several research publications on early childhood education.