Oversight and Evaluation Unit
Headed by Dr. Kathleen Bolland, the Oversight and Evaluation Unit (OEU) monitors, documents and assesses processes and outcomes of the ICRC's funded research projects. Debra McCallum, Ph.D., and Al Bartolucci, Ph.D., assist Dr.Bolland in the OEU. Oversight and evaluation take the shape of quarterly reports monitoring steps investigators take in approaching and conducting research.
Another forum for the oversight process is regularly scheduled seminars, where investigators present their research and progress. The OEU members and others ask questions and make suggestions for strengthening the projects. The OEU's presence is essential; through these seminars, ICRC leadership has identified, addressed and corrected challenges and potential problems as they have arisen. Such a multi-tiered approach to monitoring research progress has produced better projects and more scientifically sound results.
The ICRC’s Research Support Services Unit provides
technical guidance and assistance in research design, data
collection, analysis, and interpretation to the Center’s
research projects. The three scientists who comprise the
Unit – Dr. Debra McCallum, who heads it, Dr. Kathleen
Bolland and Dr. Alfred Bartolucci – have experience
and expertise in a wide range of research methods and designs
and data analysis, involving both laboratory and field research,
and in using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Debra McCallum, PhD
Dr. Debra McCallum, a Senior Research Social Scientist at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Alabama, has a long and successful record of research, including two funded grant projects currently under way. She earned her BA magna cum laude in Psychology at Furman University, then earned both the MA and PhD in Social Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her professional academic career as an assistant professor of psychology at UAB, serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department for three years. In 1989, she assumed the duties of a Research Social Scientist at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Alabama, and currently serves as both Interim Director and Senior Research Social Scientist at the Institute. She has dozens of peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and conference presentations to her credit, and maintains membership in several professional organizations in public opinion research and psychology. She is the head of the ICRC Research Support Services Unit.
Kathleen A. Bolland, PhD
Long before earning her PhD in social work at the University of Alabama in 1998, Dr. Bolland worked in research, testing, evaluation and assessment in Ohio, Kansas and Alabama. Dr. Bolland was the Assistant/Associate Research Educational Psychologist for the Evaluation and Assessment Laboratory at UA for 14 years prior to beginning an assistant professorship with the UA School of Social Work upon completion of her PhD. She has been the evaluator on several funded grants. Her extensive experience with research and evaluation makes her an extremely valuable resource for ICRC scientists, whom she assists as a Research Support Services Unit member.
Alfred A. Bartolucci, PhD
Research Support Services (RSS) Unit member, UAB Injury Control Research Center
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