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EHE Research Staff

Natasha Slesnick is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her research has focused on intervention development and evaluation for substance abusing mothers, homeless youth and families. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written over 90 peer reviewed publications, book chapters and books. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in Albuquerque, NM, she moved to Columbus, OH in 2004 and opened her second drop-in center. As Associate Dean for Research and Administration, her goal is to facilitate student, faculty and staff’s research efforts so that the immense potential of the College of Education and Human Ecology can be maximized to improve the well being of our community.

Beverly J. Vandiver is the incoming director of Data Access and Analysis Core (DAAC) in the Office of Research, Innovation, and Collaboration and incoming professor of Human Development and Family Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences.

Vandiver is currently a professor of counseling psychology, in the Department of Counselor Psychology and Counselor Education at Western Michigan University. Prior to this appointment, she was an associate professor of education (counseling psychology and school psychology) at The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, she was also director of the Africana Research Center.

She has fellow status in three divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA): Society for Counseling Psychology; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods; and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. The focus of her research is on measurement and scale development, most notably her research on Black racial identity, specifically the lead author and developer of the Cross Racial Identity Scale, identified as a “best practice” in scale development. Recently, she, as one of the Buros-Spencer Scholars, served as a consultant in the creation of an online Socio-Emotional Learning Assessment Technical Guidebook, sponsored by Buros Center for Testing, for teachers and stakeholders to use in selecting socioemotional assessments for K-12 students.

She was a member and chaired APA’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment and served as APA liasion to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. She has also served on editorial boards for numerous professional journals, such as The Counseling Psychologist, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Psychology, Assessment, Career Development Quarterly, Journal of Counseling and Development, and Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (also associate editor). She is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology.


Penny A. Pasque is professor in Educational Studies and Associate Director of Qualitative Methods in the Data Access and Analysis Core (DAAC) for the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC). Her research addresses complexities in qualitative inquiry, in/equities in higher education, and dis/connections between higher education and society. She “works with” qualitative methodologies as well as “studies” qualitative methodologies that work toward social justice and educational equity. Pasque’s research has appeared in approximately 100 journal articles and books, including in The Review of Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Diversity in Higher Education, among others.

Pasque’s research on qualitative inquiry toward social justice and educational equity examines complexities and congruence between theoretical perspectives, paradigmatic approaches, methodologies, data collection, data analysis and dissemination of research. Her books in this area include Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education Organization and Policy Research (with Lechuga), Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education: Methodological Innovations, Implications, and Interventions (with Carducci, Kuntz & Gildersleeve), and Critical Qualitative Inquiry: Foundations and Futures (with Cannella & Salazar Pérez). Her research in this area also appears in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies, and Qualitative Research in Education, to name a few.

Pasque is editor of The Review of Higher Education (with Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird) and the first woman editor of one of the top 3 journals in this field since the 1970s. RHE is considered one of the leading research journals in the field and is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Previously, Pasque served as department head and professor at NC State University as well as an endowed professor and named Researcher of the Year while at the University of Oklahoma.


Kimberly Lightle received her PhD in Educational Studies in 1995 from The Ohio State University, College of Education with a focus on science teacher education. She has been funded through five National Science Foundation programs (National STEM Digital Library, Discovery Research K-12, International Polar Year, Climate Change Education, and Geoscience Education) as well as the Ohio Board of Regents and NASA with budgets totaling more than $7 million. In her duties as Assistant Dean, she supports faculty in identification of funding opportunities and the development and submission of proposals as well as compliance-related issues on sponsored projects.

Nicole Carter Luthy, Ph.D. is the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives in the EHE Office of Research. In this role, she leads the college’s effort to engage K-12 schools by facilitating partnerships and collaborative projects between EHE researchers and K-12 educators. Nicole is particularly interested in initiatives and opportunities to improve EHE’s impact in high-needs, under-resourced schools and communities.

Michael Moses leads both the pre- and post-award support efforts in the EHE Office of Research. He joined the college in April, 2015, supporting faculty in managing funded research projects and interfacing with college and OSP staff, sponsors, and collaborators. After receiving his BA from Kenyon College in 2000, Michael lived in Cambridge, MA for several years and gained his first experience in grants & contracts working for the Dept. of Public Health. Upon returning to Central Ohio, Michael worked as a Sponsored Program Officer at OSP for 8 years, providing pre- and post-award support to various colleges and departments. During this time, he became a Certified Research Administrator. His current duties include monitoring project financials and personnel appointments, facilitating sponsor prior approval requests, interpreting award terms and conditions, interfacing with collaborating institutions, and assisting with progress and financial reports.

Ann Smith is a Grants & Contracts Specialist for the Office of Research. She joined the college in July, 2018, and supports faculty in proposal submissions and manages funded research projects. Ann is a life-long resident of Ohio, where she earned her Accounting degree from Hocking College. She comes to us with 13 years of experience in grants & contracts working for the Grants & Contract Office and the Capital Projects Finance department at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Meng-Ting Lo is a doctoral student in the Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement program in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Her research interests center around three topics: (a) structural equation modeling; (b) multilevel modeling; (c) Rasch modeling. Particularly, she has strong interest in learning how the advanced statistical models can be applied to various research topics in education, especially related to students’ psychological features, behaviors, academic achievements, and potential risk factors within the context of secondary education and higher education. Meng-Ting is also very interested in applying various psychometric methods to solve measurement problems. She has extensive experience working with Mplus, Winsteps, HLM, SPSS, and SAS.


Susie Mauck received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and is a PhD candidate in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, & Measurement. Currently she is working on the development of an instrument that measures graduate students’ basic statistical knowledge. She has worked extensively with SPSS, MPlus, and HLM as an instructor and researcher. She also has experience with Lisrel and the R programming language. Susie enjoys helping others develop their skills with quantitative methodologies, has read widely, and can help identify available resources that address issues related to quantitative research.