John, H. Falk, Ph.D.
Dr. John H. Falk, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University and Director, OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, is internationally acknowledged as a leading expert on free-choice learning. Dr. Falk has authored over one hundred fifty scholarly articles and chapters in the areas of learning, biology and education, more than a dozen books, and helped to create several nationally important out-of-school educational curricula. He serves on numerous national and international boards and commissions and has been Associate Editor of several internationally prominent journals.
Scott Pattison, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Scott Pattison is a researcher and evaluator at the Institute for Learning Innovation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Over the last decade, his work has focused on education, learning, and interest development in free-choice and out-of-school environments, including museums, science centers, and everyday settings. Dr. Pattison specializes in using qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate the processes and mechanisms of learning in naturalistic settings and he has partnered with numerous educational and community organizations across the country to support learning for diverse communities.
David D. Meier, M.S.
Senior Research Associate
David is the Institute's data analysis expert. Having gained a Master's in applied psychology, combined with a strong background in mixed-methods analysis, David is passionate about applying research to solve social issues.
Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D.
Jeremy is the leader for the CSO program and has been responsible for the launch of Arizona SciTech.
Lynn Dierking, Ph.D.
Director for Strategy & Partnerships
Dr. Lynn D. Dierking, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice STEM Learning, College of Science, and Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, Oregon State University, is internationally recognized for her research in lifelong learning, particularly free-choice, out-of-school time learning, focusing on youth and families historically under-represented in STEM. Dr. Dierking publishes extensively and serves on the Editorial Boards for Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship and Afterschool Matters.
Monae Verbeke, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Monae has worked in the field of informal science education for nearly a decade. In this last decade, Monae has evaluated a wide-range of arts and science programs, using multi-method approaches to gauge their impacts on dimensions of emotional, interest and understanding. Monae loves to use her interdisciplinary background, as both a biologist and environmental sociologist, to think innovatively about the issues facing STEAM engagement. She is passionate about improving informal learning programs use of research and innovative technology to create meaningful engagement with publics. Monae is committed to improving STEAM engagement through the sharing of ‘best practices’, including innovative evaluation tools.
Sasha Palmquist is a learning sciences researcher and professional evaluator of informal learning experiences. Sasha's PhD is in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, exploring the impact of young children’s interest and knowledge on family learning conversations in museums. Over the last ten years, Sasha’s research and evaluation work has focused on understanding how prior knowledge, interest, engagement and personal identity shape learning opportunities and experiences in out-of-school and informal learning environments like natural history museums, science centers, children’s museums, zoos, and amusement parks. As a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation she explores the development of scientific reasoning in complex domains.
Michael Coe, Ph.D.
Michael is a clinical and research psychologist with over 20 years of experience in social and educational research, organizational consulting, program and project evaluation, and psychological and educational assessment. He served as Director of Research in the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment at Education Northwest from 2003 to 2010. Before that, as a Senior Statistician in the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, he helped faculty members and students with research design, statistical analysis, and the interpretation and presentation of data. Michael has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation studies for projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, various state and local agencies, the Mott Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Lazar Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. He has served as an expert consultant to the US Environmental Protection Agency on the evaluation of public partnership programs for environmental results.