Marissa Burgermaster headshot Marissa Burgermaster

Education — MS, Montclair State University; MAEd, The College of William and Mary; BA, The College of William and Mary

Research/Interests —Childhood obesity; Behavioral nutrition; Nutrition education; Research-practice integration; Translation of nutrition research into practice; Preventive medicine; Evaluation and program planning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), nutrition, and public health

Marissa Burgermaster, MS, MAEd, is a staff member in the Developmental Systems Science and Evaluation Research Lab (DSSERL). Ms. Burgermaster is currently pursuing a PhD in Behavioral Nutrition from Teachers College Columbia University. She holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Nutrition Education from Montclair State University and a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of William and Mary, where she also earned a BA with a double major in Music Composition and Psychology. Ms. Burgermaster has taught third grade and fifth grade, as well as seventh and eighth grade English, and worked as a curriculum and professional development coordinator at Harbor Country Day School on Long Island. She has also worked as a curriculum consultant for independent schools in New Jersey and New York. As an independent school administrator, Ms. Burgermaster had the opportunity to serve on a visiting committee for the New York State Association of Independent Schools and evaluated the curriculum for a new school seeking accreditation. At Teachers College, Ms. Burgermaster works on the implementation and evaluation of a nutrition curriculum and wellness policy in New York City Public Schools. She also works as an education and evaluation specialist for Garden State Urban Farms, a hydroponic urban farm with the aim of making fresh produce and agriculture education available in urban New Jersey.

Ms. Burgermaster joined DSSERL in December 2010 and has worked on data management and interpretation for the rubric reliability testing, rubric revision, interviewer training, qualitative analysis protocol and coding, and quantitative data cleaning and coding. She also collaborates with team members at both Montclair State University and CORE at Cornell University on writing and presentations about rubric inter-rater reliability, using qualitative data to elucidate quantitative findings on rubric quality, and research-practice integration in the field of evaluation.

Office — University Hall, Room 4110
Phone — (973) 655-2049

Veronica Barrios headshot Veronica Barrios

Education - MA, College of Saint Elizabeth; BA, Montclair State University

Research/Interests – Youth Program Development; Program Evaluation; Intergenerational Sexual Abuse; LGTBQIA Issues; Sibling Rivalry/Relations; Public Policy and Implementation

Veronica Barrios holds a MA degree in Forensic Psychology and Counseling where she focused her portfolio work on sexual abuse survivors. Veronica interned at the Morris County Sexual Assault Center as an individual and group counselor for survivors of all ages. She has also served the Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters for seven years as a United States representative for the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. In 2011, after developing a Justice Studies program and teaching at Mary Help of Christians Academy, she left to pursue higher education instruction. She works as an adjunct professor of psychology.

Prior to attaining her Masters, Dr. Julian Paul Keenan served as a mentor for Veronica. She was a lab member in his Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory. Generally, she focused her research on how the medial prefrontal cortex buffered self-awareness. More recently she joined DSSERL as a volunteer member. She is working on the NSF project focusing on program evaluation. Veronica plans pursuing a PhD in Family Studies and utilizing her lab experience from the DSSERL for her future work as a director for a non-profit that will serve various needs of youth within disadvantaged communities.

Office — University Hall, Room 4110
Phone — (973) 655-2049