Henry May, PhD
(302) 831-2928

Henry May, Center for Research, Education & Social Policy.

Henry May, Ph.D. is director of CRESP and Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development. Prior to joining the UD faculty in 2012, Dr. May spent 14 years as a policy researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, including 10 years as a Senior Researcher and Statistician at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several large scale studies in educational settings, many of which involved mixed-methods randomized field trials.

As a methodologist, Dr. May specializes in statistical and mixed methods for evaluating the impacts of social interventions and policies. For the past 10 years, Dr. May has taught advanced statistics courses to graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware.

Senior Associate Director

Allison Karpyn, PhD
(302) 831-6428

Publicity Photo of Allison Karpyn

Dr. Karpyn is Associate Director of The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy, Associate Professor of Education and Associate Professor of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University and is an Associate Fellow for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UD, Karpyn served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Food Trust in Philadelphia for 11 years, where her research focused on understanding healthy food purchasing and consumption behavior, especially among children.

Dr. Karpyn is committed to informing policy and practice with rigorous research designs. Her current research efforts include the study of corner store programs in urban areas and in-store marketing approaches in supermarkets to promote purchase and consumption of healthier options. She is also conducting research to understand the impact a new supermarket has on residents in the surrounding community. She has published widely on topics related to school food, supermarket access, healthy corner stores and strategies to develop and maintain farmers markets in low income areas. A publication list is available here.

Associate Director

Sue Giancola, PhD
(302) 831-4434

Sue Giancola, Ph.D. is associate director of the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP). Prior to joining UD, Dr. Giancola spent over 20 years providing research and evaluation services in education and human services, including 15 years as an independent consultant. Dr. Giancola’s primary area of research involves developing evaluation methodologies that foster the integration of evaluation into program design and to promote the use of evaluation as a continuous improvement component of program implementation. Dr. Giancola has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of research methods, management of human services programs, assessment, and evaluation.

Assistant Center Director

D. Layne Humphrey, MSEd
(302) 831-4037

Debora (Layne) Humphrey, MSEd is a researcher and program manager with over 20 years of experience. Her work has primarily focused on urban, educational and community settings. She is the Assistant Director of CRESP where she has worked since 2014. Prior to her time at UD Ms. Humphrey managed research for Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine and School of Public Health including a 3 year project seeking to understand and measure the experiences of unstably housed youth in Baltimore City. Her worked led the launch of the first count of unstably housed high school aged young people in the city. The same methods continue to be utilized today.  Broadly she contributes expertise in education and research program management, study participant/end user engagement and survey design.

Research Team

Tia Barnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development
(302) 831-8561

Horatio Blackman, PhD, Research Associate III
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Sara Grajeda, PhD, Research Associate III
(302) 831-4037

Akisha Jones, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
(302) 831-7330

Jeff Klein, EdD, Research Associate III
(302) 831-4662

Seher Ahmad, PhD, Strategic Data Fellow with Delaware Department of Education

Nermin Zubaca, MPA, Strategic Data Fellow with Delaware Department of Education

Raifu Durodoye, PhD, Strategic Data Fellow with Delaware Department of Education

Shameeka Jelenewicz, MS, Educational Researcher

Debbie Amsden Micklos, MS, Research Coordinator

Tara Tracy, MS, Research Coordinator

Terry-Ann Richards, Research Administrative Assistant II

Dandan Chen, School of Education Graduate Student

Aly Englert, School of Education Graduate Student

Meng Fan, School of Education Graduate Student

Danielle Riser, MS, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences Graduate Student

Elise Rodgers, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences Graduate Student

Kati Tilley, School of Education Graduate Student

Rui Wang, School of Education Graduate Student

Lesheng Xu, School of Education Graduate Student