Research Associate

Adrienne A. Smith received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a concentration in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation. Since then, she has been involved in numerous research and evaluation projects that vary in size and scope. Currently, Dr. Smith is leading the evaluation of the East Carolina University Teacher Quality Partnership, a U.S. Department of Education funded grant aimed at examining the effects of a teacher preparation program’s reform efforts on teacher quality. In addition, she is heading the evaluation of the College STAR program, a multi-campus intervention aimed at increasing access to higher education and fostering academic success for students with learning differences. Another primary area of interest for Dr. Smith is broadening participation of women and people of color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Computing fields. Dr. Smith applies her statistical expertise, knowledge of research design, experience in instrument development, and appreciation of mixed methods to understand the impact of various interventions and reforms on participants’ knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors.