The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a research entity of the University of Hartford. It has been in operation since 1973. The work conducted at the CSR focuses on human service program development and assessment, particularly programs targeting socially and economically marginalized populations.
Marcia Hughes, Ph.D., Research & Evaluation Analyst, is primarily responsible for the design and management of research and evaluation projects. Marcia has been providing program development and evaluation services to nonprofit organizations, government and community-based agencies, and school systems for over fifteen years. Her work contributes to interdisciplinary, multi-level collaboratives for creating positive social change at the local, national, and international levels.
Allison Joslyn joined the Center for Social Research as the Project Manager in April 2012. She is an M.A. Health Psychology candidate in the Department of Psychological Science at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Her research experience includes interning for the Department of Psychiatry and Trauma Clinic at the University of Connecticut Health Center on multiple studies examining educational and therapeutic interventions for PTSD, and MST vocational outcomes of adolescents. In addition, Allison received extensive training as a graduate assistant working on evaluation projects related to student retention, student engagement, and critical thinking and problem solving skills (cross-sectional study) for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at CCSU. Allison’s primary responsibilities at the Center for Social Research are to provide oversight on data collection and procedures, monitor program performance, and conduct data analysis for annual outcome reports for programs related to the Children’s Trust Fund, such as Nurturing Families Network, Family School Connections, and Help Me Grow.
Jesenia M. Maldonado is The Center for Social Research’s Database Manager. She’s been with CSR for seven years and is currently working towards her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Jesenia is responsible for all the tracking and entering of data for The Nurturing Families Network Program and The Family School Connections Program, along with filing the data and communicating any questions or concerns about data submissions to program staff. Jesenia is very interested in developing new programs that benefit teen moms and Latinas in her community.