Welcome! Most call me Cass for short.
I specialize in R1 university lab management, education and developmental cognitive research, and data management and analysis. Currently, I am earning my doctorate in Educational Measurement & Statistics at the University of Iowa.
A decade of interdisciplinary experience in developmental cognitive research and applied school psychology energizes my ideas for quantitative solutions to address the demands of our modern day school systems. It was working with our public, urban and rural education systems that solidified my heart in the work.
My primary aim is to improve school's current diagnostic protocol with a paradigm shift from summative to formative assessment of cognitive processes and abilities. My secondary aim is to identify discrepancies in equity among clinical populations (i.e., ID, SLD, ADHD, ASD, head injury, language delay, gifted) with common cognitive measures and disseminate assessment literacy in accordance with the findings so that evaluation decisions can be made with confidence.
“It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were. When we choose a goal and invest ourselves in it to the limits of concentration, whatever we do will be enjoyable. And once we have tasted this joy, we will redouble our efforts to taste it again. This is the way the self grows.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience