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, Geometry Professional Development Series for Teachers, 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 areas of interest include program evaluation and problem-solving courts.
Research Assistants and Interns
Katherine Philp, M.A.T., M.P.H. is a PEER Graduate Research Associate. 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.
Diana (Dawn) Scott, M.A. is a PEER Graduate Research Associate where she performs quantitative and qualitative analysis on various projects. Her research interests include perception of safety, emergency/crisis training, school infrastructure, cognition, and decision theory. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida’s Burnett Honors College in 2010 and her Master’s Degree in Applied Learning and Instruction with a concentration in Business/Training in 2014. Dawn was the recipient of the UCF’s Graduate Research Forum Award in 2013 and 2014 and has presented her research on safety training at various conferences. Dawn is currently pursuing a PhD in Methodology, Measurement and Analysis through the College of Education. Prior to her work at PEER, Dawn worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Simulation and Training on various projects including Culture Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Dawn also served as UCF’s Western Region Director for Student Outreach Services (SOS) and was later hired by UCF as an Adjunct Instructor. For the past 12 years, Dawn also served on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization, of those, six years as Board President. Today, she continues her teaching career serving as an Instructor of Record while completing her graduate work.
Victoria McNeil, B.S. is a PEER Graduate Research Associate. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in May of 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to her work at PEER, Victoria held positions as a research assistant at the University of Florida working specifically with the Social Cognitive and Affective Development Lab while also pursuing her own research interests on Male Peer Support and Teenage Dating Violence. Now, Victoria works helping PEER to evaluate the ICubed Project, a UCF program funded by the National Science Foundation, whose mission is to Integrate University education and research activities by increasing participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
ShelbyAnne Terrio, B.S. is a PEER Graduate Research Associate. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology at UCF. At PEER, ShelbyAnne primarily works with qualitative analysis research on several funded projects. Her academic interests include child development, learning and motivation, and prevention and intervention techniques.
Ana Serpa, B.S. is a PEER Graduate Research Associate. 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 Associate. 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.