Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Science
Ph.D., Education, University of Denver
Co-Director, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
Institute of Behavioral Science Room 363
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0483
Research Interests: Intervention Research, Research Design, Education Evaluation, Quantitative Analysis
Brief Biography: Dr. Buckley is a Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Trained as an educational psychologist, her expertise includes statistics, intervention research, evaluation methodology, and policy analysis and her interest is in improving opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Dr. Buckley has experience in conducting systematic reviews (she is certified as a What Works Clearinghouse reviewer in Group Design, versions 3.0 and 2.1) and expertise in research synthesis and experimental and quasi-experimental research design. As Co-Director of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, a web-based registry of programs proven to promote academic performance, emotional and/or physical well-being or to reduce violence, delinquency, and/or substance abuse among youth, she conducts reviews using guidelines that follow rigorous scientific standards and aides in disseminating certified programs to help policymakers and practitioners select effective programs. Recently, Dr. Buckley was awarded a grant by the Institute of Education Sciences to conduct a study that provides evidence of promise for concurrent enrollment, in which secondary students receive postsecondary credit for completing college-level courses, as a strategy for improving college attainment for all students in Colorado, with special attention to students from low-income and minority families. Dr. Buckley has worked extensively with large data sets, analysis tools, and advanced statistical techniques. As a former school psychologist, she also has considerable experience consulting in classrooms with teachers, students, families and communities.