The Center consists of a team of faculty and staff evaluation experts committed to applying cutting-edge evaluation theory and methodology to provide clients with high quality evaluation services. CREEHS takes a unique team approach to evaluation services.

Center Personnel

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Director: Eden Nagler Kyse, PhD

Dr. Eden N. Kyse has been a member of the CREEHS team since the start of its operation in 2011. She has served as the Center’s Director since 2013. Dr. Kyse has particular expertise in program evaluation, research design, quantitative methodology and statistical analysis. She has managed dozens of large- and small-scale evaluation and applied research projects, including those focused on teacher professional development; literacy, mathematics, science, and STEM education; community health; and community needs assessment. This work has been funded by grants from public agencies at the federal (e.g., US Department of Education, National Science Foundation) and state (e.g., N.J. Department of Education, NJ Department of Health) levels and by contracts with local educational agencies, community organizations and foundations. Dr. Kyse also serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Center’s graduate certificate in Program Evaluation and teaches graduate-level courses in educational psychology, research design, and program evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY), specializing in Quantitative Methods in Educational and Psychological Research.


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Senior Research Associate: Erin M. Bunger, MPH

Erin M. Bunger has experience using collaborative and participatory approaches to evaluate, research and plan public health initiatives. She has managed several evaluations and research projects related to policy and environmental changes to prevent chronic disease and promote wellness. These have included state and local level obesity and tobacco prevention initiatives in a variety of settings such as community-based organizations, schools, early care and education centers and local governments. She also has expertise in planning and evaluating partnerships, clinical interventions and health-related legislation. Ms. Bunger holds a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Senior Research Associate: Rebecca Swann-Jackson, MEd

Rebecca Swann-Jackson has over ten years of experience as an evaluator of educational programs and community-based initiatives serving urban children and families. She has managed evaluations for varied clients, including school districts, state departments of education, community organizations and foundations, and child welfare agencies. An experienced methodologist, she has applied evaluation principles to projects focused on school-based programs for at-risk youth, school reform, family homelessness, community health, community revitalization, systems integration and systems change, child welfare, substance use, and school violence. Ms. Swann-Jackson has a MEd from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation.


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Research Associate: Lina Acosta, MPH

Lina M. Acosta has experience in conducting clinical research, administering clinical assessments, and collecting, managing and analyzing data. She has coordinated research studies focusing on Multicultural Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Child Sexual Abuse funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Federal Appropriations Grant. In addition, Ms. Acosta has worked collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecution, child protection, mental health and medical professionals to advocate and provide support to child victims of abuse and their families. Ms. Acosta holds a Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from Rutgers School of Public Health - Newark. 


Evaluation Associate: Inem Chahal, M.Sc.

Inem Chahal has experience in conducting applied research and evaluation in a variety of areas including education, public health, children and youth, recreation, policy effectiveness, community and economic development, local food and agriculture, decentralization and effective governance, and organizational assessments. She has managed and supported evaluations and research studies for local community organizations, NGOs, government, educational institutions, and international organizations such as UNICEF, and the Canadian Red Cross. Inem holds a M.Sc. in Planning and Development with a concentration in program evaluation from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. 


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Program Assistant: Tina Seaboch

Tina Seaboch has been the Program Assistant for CREEHS since its inception. She has worked for other departments within the College of Education and Human Services since 2006.  Prior to coming to Montclair State University, Tina worked in private sector administrative roles in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Research Assistants

Paige Frenkel, Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health

Graduate Research Assistants

Juliana Ardizzone is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clincial Mental Health Counseling.
Ariana Bucher
 is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Meghan Butler 
is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling.
Theresa Cannone is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling.
Meghan Gosselink is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Community Health Education.
Gabriella Gutierrez is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs/Higher Education.