Associated Faculty & Staff
Christine DeStefano, M.A. is a PEER Evaluator and has experience working on large, multi-site evaluations employing strong methodological design. She joined PEER in 2013 and has assisted in the evaluations of projects such as the Marion County Re-Entry Center Project, RTP3 Resident Teacher Professional Preparation Program, and LSAMP Bridges to the Baccalaureate: Building Pathways through Connection and Direction for URM Students in STEM, among others. Prior to joining PEER, she worked as a Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center at The Urban Institute in Washington, DC. While there, she assisted in two National Institute of Justice funded national evaluations; the Judicial Oversight Demonstration project and the Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation project. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Juvenile Drug Courts and Teen Substance Abuse.
Areas of Expertise
James Paradiso, M.Ed. currently serves as an instructional designer at UCF's Center for Distributed Learning where he specializes in leveraging open educational resources (OER) to enhance online learning across a variety of disciplines. He has worked and lived overseas in Brazil and served in faculty and administrative roles in a variety of higher education institutions across central Florida.
Beyond the field of instructional design, his primary area of research/expertise resides in the field of applied linguistics/second language development and TESOL, and he has spent the last seven years of his career teaching and promoting dynamic learning frameworks for college-bound (graduate and undergraduate) international students from approximately 70 different countries.
James has presented on topics involving complexity theory and language development, as well as using OER to promote international student success at American higher education institutions. He has also run experiments with international graduate teaching assistants (IGTAs) on using accent reduction software to prepare for their service as instructors of record at the university.
He is currently working with faculty to deliver online and mixed-mode coursework with a special focus on publishing and/or utilizing open tools to construct quality, affordable learning opportunities, while consulting (secondarily) on matters of technology, curriculum development, and teaching and learning at local state institutions.
Areas of Expertise
Jeffrey W. Rosky, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, an M.S. in Biometrics from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in Statistics from Rutgers University. His main research interests include the intersection of criminal justice and public health, correctional treatment and reentry, and improving social science research methods. Prior to Dr. Rosky’s academic career, he worked as a researcher in the Montana, Colorado, and Florida state correctional systems and as a biostatistician in environmental science, public health, and cardiac care. His work has appeared in Criminology & Public Policy, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Sexual Abuse.
Research Assistants and Interns
Ken Matthews, M.L.I.S., is a PEER Graduate Research Assistant. He graduated from Stetson University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and earned his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Methodology, Measurement, and Analysis. His research interests include philosophy of science, policy studies, psychometrics, research design, statistics education, and program evaluation. Prior to working with PEER, Ken held a number of positions at Daytona State College including Research Analyst, Director of Academic Policy and Analysis, and most recently Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services.
Felicia Peluso, B.S. is a PEER Graduate Research Associate. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Human Services at the University of Central Florida in May 2017. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UCF. At PEER, Felicia helps evaluate multiple projects funded by national organizations.
Katherine Philp, M.A.T., M.P.H. is a PEER Graduate Research Assistant. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Central Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science at Cornell University and completed a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining PEER, she taught in a variety of educational settings, including public schools, informal science learning centers, mentoring programs, and teacher professional development programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. She also coordinated a National Institute of Health funded research center focused on modeling and simulation of infectious diseases, providing training and educational opportunities for public health researchers and practitioners. Her academic interests include student motivation and achievement in science, and the development of complex problem solving skills in the sciences.
Ana Serpa, B.S. is a PEER Graduate Research Assistant. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Exceptional Student Education at the University of Central Florida in May 2016. She decided to continue her education and pursue an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology at UCF. At PEER, Ana helps evaluate various projects funded by national organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor. These projects include LSAMP and XCEL-IT, along with many others.
Andreana Fidanzi, B.S. is a PEER Graduate Research Assistant. She received her B.S. in Psychology at UCF in 2013 and is currently working on her Education Specialist degree in School Psychology at UCF. At PEER, Andreana helps to evaluate multiple projects, including Department of Labor funded project XCEL-IT, along with others.