John Carey, Ph.D.

Director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Carey has extensive experience in instrument development and in coordinating large multi-site school counseling research projects in the public schools. He is currently a Co-PI on an IES-funded grant to investigate the effectiveness of Student Success Skills on elementary school students. In addition, he has led or co-led three recent projects that evaluated the impact of the Proactive School curriculum in five high schools in Canada and the United States; evaluated the impact of The Real Game curriculum in five school districts across the United States; and identified effective Minority Student College Readiness Counseling practices in 18 high school recognized as exemplary by the College Board. Carey has also directed statewide evaluations of the effectiveness of school counseling programs in Utah and Nebraska. Carey is a leader in the evidence-based school counseling movement. He is the director and founder of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, and the co-author of the book Evidence-Based School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices.

Brett Zyromski, Ph.D.

Brett Zyromski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the Ohio State University. His scholarship focuses on the impact of evidence-based interventions in school counseling, evidence-based school counselor education, and evaluation in school counseling. Dr. Zyromski is the author of Facilitating Evidence-Based, Data-Driven School Counseling: A Manual for Practice (Corwin, 2016). Dr. Zyromski is also involved with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as one of eighteen Lead Recognized-ASCA-Model-Program Reviewers (LRR’s) nationwide, and has also serves as a trainer of the ASCA National Model for the American School Counselor Association. Dr. Zyromski has served as project manager for $5,541,223 worth of federal and state grants. He has published over a dozen articles related to school counseling issues, and has delivered over 60 international, national, regional, and local presentations. He was the invited chair of the revision team for the Development Counseling Model for Illinois Schools. Dr. Zyromski has consulted and trained internationally and across the United States. He has trained numerous school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, on evolving school counseling programs to evidence-based, data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs. He has been recognized for numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2015 Kentucky School Counselor Association Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor, the 2014 Illinois School Counselor Association Friend of ISCA, the 2010 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Professional Leadership Award, the 2010 Illinois School Counseling Association Presidential Award, and the 2008 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Professional Teaching Award.

Carey Dimmitt, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Dr. Dimmitt is the Program Coordinator and an Associate Professor of School Counseling at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to her work as a counselor educator, Dr. Dimmitt worked for 14 years with children and families in schools and community mental health settings. Dr. Dimmitt’s major scholarly interests are in the areas of outcome research, effective teaching and counseling practices K-16, school counseling curriculum development, clinical training for school counselors, and systemic change in educational institutions. She has provided professional development on evidence-based practice in more than 14 states/districts, done 13 invited plenary or keynote addresses and 32 national conference presentations, published 18 journal articles, and won the UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. Dr. Dimmitt is the Counseling Content Expert for the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). She is the co-author of the books Evidence-Based School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (2007, Corwin, with Jay Carey and Trish Hatch), and The School Counseling and School Social Work Treatment Planner (2012, Wiley, with Sarah Knapp and Arthur Jongsma) and co-author of two chapters on metacognition in education for the APA Educational Psychology Handbook (2011, American Psychological Association, with Christine McCormick) and the Handbook of Psychology: Volume 7: Educational Psychology (2012, Wiley, with Christine McCormick).

Jen Stansbury Koenig, Ed.D.

Grant Expeditor
Office: MEP 268
Phone: 859-572-1984

Jennifer Stansbury Koenig currently serves as Grants Facilitator and Interim Director of the Center for Educator Excellence, College of Education and Human Services at Northern Kentucky University. As Interim Director, Dr. Stansbury Koenig is actively managing four evaluation contracts of grants received by local school districts, and Title II reimbursements to Kentucky Nonpublic Schools and Dioceses. The scope of work includes fostering partnerships with a variety of P-12 school districts, nonprofit agencies, and higher education institutions. As Grants Facilitator, she serves as a liaison for faculty members to assist with every step of grant activity from submission of letters of interest, to strengthening written proposals, developing budgets and budget narratives, and evaluation of grant activities.
A graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a BS in Psychology and Anthropology (2001) and a Masters in Public Administration (2005) with Certification in Nonprofit Management, Dr. Stansbury Koenig recently completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Industrial Psychology (2012). Her dissertation, Sense of Community and volunteer leaders’ commitments: Implications for sustainability of A Small Group examined a small nonprofit during a two year transition in leadership from founder to volunteers. This research continues to promote community development and leadership through citizenship. Other research interests include evaluation methodologies, leadership, and group dynamics. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the graduate Grants Writing (2015) and Nonprofit Program Evaluation (2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) courses offered by the NKU Public Administration program. Dr. Stansbury Koenig revamped the course in spring 2013 to provide evaluation proposals for local nonprofit organizations through a service learning experience. Dr. Stansbury Koenig has a passion for life-long learning, collaborating with schools and non-profits, and has been actively involved in community work for more than 20 years.

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