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Michael J. Strambler, PhD


Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Child Wellbeing and Education Research

Dr. Strambler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of California at Berkeley where he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Rhona Weinstein. Following his graduate training, he conducted his predoctoral internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completing his internship, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rush Neurobehavioral Center with funding from the William T. Grant Foundation. He completed his postdoctoral training at...

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Joanna Meyer, MAT

Project Manager

Research Associate

Joanna Meyer brings over eleven years of experience in public education to her role as Research Associate at The Consultation Center. At Yale, Meyer focuses on three projects: the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER), the Bridgeport Public Schools Social-Emotional Learning Initiative (RULER), and Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP. In all three researcher-practitioner partnerships, Meyer brings her nine years of experience as an educator and two years coordinating school-university partnerships...

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George A. Coleman, MEd, MA

Practitioner Lead

Now serving as an Early Childhood System Development Specialist at C.E.S., George A. Coleman was twice named Acting Commissioner of Education during his 24 year career in the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE). He retired from the department in October, 2011. While at the SDE he also held the position of as Deputy Commissioner of Education, Associate Commissioner of Education, Chief of the Bureau of Curriculum and Teaching and Chief of the Bureau of Early Childhood Education. He is...

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Clare W. Irwin, PhD, MS, MSEd


Currently a Research Associate at EDC, Dr. Irwin brings 10 years of experience in measurement, research methods, and early education research to her work with PEER. At EDC, Dr. Irwin applies her experience and expertise across a wide range of activities including conducting quantitative and qualitative studies of early childhood education, developing technical assistance materials and tutorials for early childhood educators, and developing a range of survey instruments for use by education...

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