Dr. Jacinda K. Dariotis is a Professor in the Research Methods sub-unit of the School of Education and Director of the Evaluation Services Center (ESC) in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), and Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She received her doctorate and masters in Human Development and Family Studies and masters in Statistics from Penn State University and a masters concentrating in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. After serving as faculty for nearly a decade in the department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (where she currently holds an adjunct faculty position), she joined UC and began directing the Evaluation Services Center in early 2015. Dr. Dariotis is a basic, applied, and transdisciplinary scholar who integrates methods and content from numerous disciplines. Her areas of specialization include research and evaluation methods, survey research, biosocial methodologies, prevention and translational science, public health, adolescent and young adult risk-taking decision-making and behaviors, stress reactivity, and mindfulness-based programs. Her personal interests include practicing yoga and CrossFit, reading non-fiction, and writing poetry.
Dr. Qing Duan is a Research Associate at the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center. She joined the Center in 2017. Dr. Duan has a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics and a Master’s Degree in Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her study focused on the interplay between genetic and environmental factors on the development of chronic diseases, as well as method development and improvement to promote genetic epidemiology studies. Her academic training focused on quantitative research method and statistical computing and have extensive experiences working with method evaluation, quantitative data collection, data management, and analysis from descriptive statistics to advanced statistical modeling. Her work at the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center consists of evaluation and research. She has been leading evaluation projects with respect to instrument development, data collection, data analysis, and results dissemination. She has broad interests in projects in public health and education domain.