Commonwealth Medicine is the health care consulting division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Researchers at Commonwealth Medicine are studying public health topics such as intellectual and developmental disabilities, end-of-life and long-term care, quality measures, substance abuse, and survey techniques. This collection showcases journal articles and other publications and presentations written by Commonwealth Medicine's faculty and researchers.

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Publications from 2016

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Quality Improvement (QI) in Evaluation: Ask Why Again and Again and Again, Ruth Aboagye, Sai Cherala, Pam Senesac, and Joan Johnston

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Quality Improvement (QI) in Evaluation: Anatomy of a Fishbone (Diagram), Ruth Aboagye, Pam Senesac, Anita Morris, Joan Johnston, and Sai Cherala

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Making Your Webinar Accessible, Angie Aguirre

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Evaluating the Full Potential of Your Staff, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Utilizing Idea Boards as an Evaluation Tool, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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The Importance of Learning Objectives in Program Design and Evaluation, Debi Lang

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Using Plain Language in Evaluation, Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra

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The Beauty of Banner Tables, Pei-Pei Lei and Carla Hillerns

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Tweet, Like, Share: Using Social Media to Connect with the Evaluation World, Jennifer Rosinski

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Searching for Literature Using Google Scholar, Laura A. Sefton

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Post-Project Debriefings as Part of Performance Improvement, Laura A. Sefton, Judith A. Savageau, and Linda M. Cabral

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Driving Change: Tips for Helping Stakeholders Stay Motivated, Joshua P. Twomey and Joan Johnston

Publications from 2015

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To Transcribe or not to Transcribe….that is the Question, Linda M. Cabral

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Evaluation in Times of Change or Crisis, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Interventions to Improve Access and Health Behaviors in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A National Resource for Oral Health, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Cindy K. Fleming

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A Systematic Review of Oral Health Interventions to Reduce Disparities in Adults with Intellectual Disability: Results of a Novel Approach, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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Educating Dental Health Professionals about People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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A Quest to Eliminate Double-Barreled Survey Questions, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Smart Survey Design: Randomization of Response Options, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Dialogue Education, Parts 1 & 2, Theresa McGauley-Keaney

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Prevalence and risk factors for postpartum depression symptoms among women with disabilities, Monika Mitra, Lisa I. Iezzoni, Jianying Zhang, Linda M. Long-Bellil, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, and Bruce A. Barton

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A perinatal health framework for women with physical disabilities, Monika Mitra, Linda M. Long-Bellil, Suzanne C. Smeltzer, and Lisa I. Iezzoni

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Identifying the Best Place to Publish Your Evaluation Findings, Judith A. Savageau and Len L. Levin

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Today’s Librarian and Building an Evaluation Team, Judith A. Savageau and Len L. Levin

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Improving Performance: Facts, Flowcharts, Fishbones, Five Whys, and the Failure, Pam Senesac, Anita Morris, Sai Cherala, Joan Johnston, and Ruth Aboagye

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An Evaluator’s Journey Toward Bayes: Part I, Joshua P. Twomey

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An Evaluator’s Journey Toward Bayes: Part II, Joshua P. Twomey

Publications from 2014

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Linda Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels on Using Qualitative Data Collection to Better Understand Measure Development and Reporting, Linda M. Cabral and Jillian Richard-Daniels

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on Facilitation Not Dictation: How a QI Team Succeeds, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall on The Best Laid Plans: Navigating the Potholes and Pitfalls of Group Facilitation, Sherry Campanelli and Laura Newhall

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Systematic Review of Evidence of Interventions Addressing Disparities in Oral Health for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Year 2, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: A technical note, Christophe J. Gerard, Harry A. MacKay, Brooks Thompson, and William J. McIlvane

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Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei on You had me at Hello: Effective Email Subject Lines for Survey Invitations, Carla Hillerns and Pei-Pei Lei

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Debi Lang and Sharon Grundel on Youth Program Ingredients: How to Measure Success and Tell the Story, Debi Lang and Sharon Grundel

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services, Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra

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Pei-Pei Lei on Using InfoPath as a Project Management/Data Collection Tool, Pei-Pei Lei

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Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith on Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People with Disabilities, Monika Mitra and Lauren Smith

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Judy Savageau and Kathy Muhr on Working with Different Data Sources, Judith A. Savageau and Kathy Muhr

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Literature Search Strategy Week: Judy Savageau and Laura Sefton on Library Resources and the Important Role They Play in Evaluation Work, Judith A. Savageau and Laura A. Sefton

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Simple and Effective: Using Boxplots to Display Individualized Results, Joshua P. Twomey

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Eye-tracking Measures Reveal How Changes in the Design of Aided AAC Displays Influence the Efficiency of Locating Symbols by School-Aged Children without Disabilities, Krista M. Wilkinson, Tara O'Neill, and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2013

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Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, Linda G. Bandini, James Gleason, Carol Curtin, Keith Lividini, Sarah E. Anderson, Sharon A. Cermak, Melissa Maslin, and Aviva Must

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Perspectives of People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support, Linda M. Cabral, Kathy Muhr, and Judith A. Savageau

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Linda Cabral and Judy Savageau on Improve Your Surveys by Conducting Cognitive Interviews, Linda M. Cabral and Judith A. Savageau

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on So Many to Choose from: How to Select Organizations for a Site Visit, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Using Voice Recognition Software for Transcription, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Utilizing Survey Data in a Traditional In-Person Interview, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Linda Cabral and Laura Sefton on Participant Observation as a Data Collection Method, Linda M. Cabral and Laura A. Sefton

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Uncovering the evidence: Systematic review of interventions to reduce oral health disparities between adults with Intellectual Disability and the general population, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, Nancy E. Harger, and Matthew Holder

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Carla Hillerns on Thoughtful Tokens of Appreciation to Encourage Study Participation, Carla Hillerns

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Christine Johnson on Self-Assessment Medical Home Transformation Tools, Christine Johnson

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Christine Johnson and Terri Anderson on the Quality Improvement – Evaluation Connection, Christine Johnson and Teresa Anderson

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Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Integrating child psychiatry into the pediatric medical home, David M. Keller and Barry Sarvet

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Valerie Konar on Getting Evaluation Results through Project Management, Valerie Konar

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Valerie Konar, Carla Hillerns, and Michelle Landry on Comparison Groups in Evaluation Research – Never Trivial, Valerie Konar, Carla Hillerns, and Michelle R. Landry

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Michelle Landry and Judy Savageau on No Need to Reinvent the Wheel: Project Management Tools for Your Evaluation Projects, Michelle R. Landry and Judith A. Savageau

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Re: Meeting the needs of patients with learning disabilities, Emily Lauer, Alexandra Bonardi, and Steven D. Staugaitis

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Ann Lawthers on Triangulation Using Mixed Methods Appeals to Diverse Stakeholder Interests, Ann G. Lawthers

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MA PCMH Eval Week: Ann Lawthers, Sai Cherala, and Judy Steinberg on How You Define Success Influences Your Findings, Ann G. Lawthers, Sai Cherala, and Judith Steinberg

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"Associative concept learning in animals" by Zentall, Wasserman, and Urcuioli: A commentary, William J. McIlvane

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Kathy Muhr, Aniko Laszlo and Alexis Henry on Using Concept Mapping to Evaluate Employment Collaboratives for People with Disabilities, Kathy Muhr, Aniko Laszlo, and Alexis D. Henry

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Methodological challenges of measuring primary care delivery to pediatric medicaid beneficiaries who use community health centers, Karen R. Tyo, Deborah Gurewich, and Donald S. Shepard

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Perceptual factors influence visual search for meaningful symbols in individuals with intellectual disabilities and down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders, Krista M. Wilkinson and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2012

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Meals in Our Household: reliability and initial validation of a questionnaire to assess child mealtime behaviors and family mealtime environments, Sarah E. Anderson, Aviva Must, Carol Curtin, and Linda G. Bandini

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Terri Anderson on Using Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in Evaluation, Teresa Anderson

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Limitations on the Use of Evidence From Evaluations of Competence to Stand Trial in the Penalty Phase, Natalie M. Anumba and Kenneth L. Appelbaum

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Medicaid, Robert A. Baldor and Michael A. Tutty

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Medicare, Robert A. Baldor and Michael A. Tutty

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RNA signatures allow rapid identification of pathogens and antibiotic susceptibilities, Amy K. Barczak, James E. Gomez, Benjamin B. Kaufmann, Ella R. Hinson, Lisa Cosimi, Mark L. Borowsky, Andrew B. Onderdonk, Sarah A. Stanley, Devinder Kaur, Kevin F. Bryant, David M. Knipe, Alexander Sloutsky, and Deborah T. Hung

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As Economy Climbs, Don’t Leave People with Disabilities Behind, James Brett and Alexis D. Henry

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Restricted stimulus control in stimulus control shaping with a capuchin monkey, Ana Leda F. Brino, Olavo F. Galvao, Romariz S. Barros, Paulo R. K. Goulart, and William J. McIlvane

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Linda Cabral, Laura Sefton, and Kathy Muhr on Recruiting People with Mental Health Conditions for Data Collection, Linda M. Cabral, Laura A. Sefton, and Kathy Muhr

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Acoustic stapedius muscle reflex in mercury-exposed Andean children and adults, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, and Fernando Ortega

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Association of hemoglobin levels and brainstem auditory evoked responses in lead-exposed children, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, and Fernando Ortega

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Global laboratory initiative tool for a stepwise process towards tuberculosis laboratory accreditation, Tjeerd A. M. Datema, Linda Oskam, Mirjam F. M. Engelberts, Stella M. van Beers, Thomas M. Shinnick, Martin Baker, John C. Ridderhof, Jerod Scholten, Armand van Deun, Christopher Gilpin, and Paul R. Klatser

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Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence, Curtis K. Deutsch and William J. McIlvane

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Comparison of putative intermediate phenotypes in schizophrenia patients with and without obsessive-compulsive disorder: examining evidence for the schizo-obsessive subtype, Anna R. Docherty, Michael J. Coleman, Xiawei Tu, Curtis K. Deutsch, Nancy R. Mendell, and Deborah L. Levy

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Dietary Patterns and Body Mass Index in Children with Autism and Typically Developing Children, E. Whitney Evans, Aviva Must, Sarah E. Anderson, Carol Curtin, Renee Scampini, Melissa Maslin, and Linda G. Bandini

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Assessing Health Care Reform: Potential Effects on Insurance Coverage Among Persons With Disabilities, Jack Gettens, Alexis D. Henry, and Jay S. Himmelstein

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The Prospect of Losing Benefits and the Work Decisions of Participants in Disability Programs : A Cross-Program Comparison, Jack Gettens, Alexis D. Henry, Aniko Laszlo, and Jay S. Himmelstein

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MassAHEC Network and AHEC of Southeastern Massachusetts Promoting Consumer and Community Engagement in the Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, Paulo L. Gomes

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Quality matters! Differences between expressive and receptive non-verbal communication skills in adolescents with ASD, Ruth B. Grossman and Helen Tager-Flusberg

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Achieving excellence in community health centers: implications for health reform, Deborah Gurewich, John Capitman, Jenna T. Sirkin, and Diana Traje

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On-site provision of substance abuse treatment services at community health centers, Deborah Gurewich, Jenna T. Sirkin, and Donald S. Shepard

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Training physicians about caring for persons with disabilities: "Nothing about us without us!", Lisa I. Iezzoni and Linda M. Long-Bellil

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Pegylated interferon for chronic hepatitis C in children affects growth and body composition: results from the pediatric study of hepatitis C (PEDS-C) trial, Maureen M. Jonas, William Balistreri, Regino P. Gonzalez-Peralta, Barbara Haber, Steven J. Lobritto, Parvathi Mohan, Jean P. Molleston, Karen F. Murray, Michael R. Narkewicz, Philip Rosenthal, Kathleen B. Schwarz, Bruce A. Barton, John A. Shepard, Paul D. Mitchell, and Christopher Duggan

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Debi Lang and Kathy Muhr on Identifying Hidden or Hard to Reach Populations, Debi Lang and Kathy Muhr

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Creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities in healthcare: the Bristol Employment Collaborative, Aniko Laszlo, Alexis D. Henry, Jean Goldsberry, and Kimberly Lapine

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The effect of a telephone-based health coaching disease management program on Medicaid members with chronic conditions, Wen-Chieh Lin, Hung-Lun Chien, Georgianna Willis, Elizabeth O'Connell, Kate Staunton Rennie, Heather M. Bottella, and Timothy G. Ferris

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Categories of Relations Between Stimuli: Foundations for Transitive Inference and Other Emergent Behavior, Harry A. MacKay

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Some Things We Learned from Sidman and Some We Did Not (We Think), William J. McIlvane and Joanne B. Kledaras

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Smoking among pregnant women with disabilities, Monika Mitra, Emily Lu, and Hafsatou Diop

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Dating Violence and Associated Health Risks Among High School Students with Disabilities, Monika Mitra, Vera E. Mouradian, and Maria McKenna

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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Family Intervention for Co-occurring Substance Use and Severe Psychiatric Disorders, Kim T. Mueser, Shirley M. Glynn, Corrine Cather, Haiyi Xie, Roberto Zarate, Lindy Fox Smith, Robin E. Clark, Jennifer D. Gottlieb, Rosemarie Wolfe, and James Feldman

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Clinical Management of Obesity, Sherry L. Pagoto, Carol Curtin, Bradley M. Appelhans, and Miguel Alonso-Alonso

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Differential expression of components of the retinoic acid signaling pathway in the adult mouse olfactory epithelium, Carolyn E. Peluso, Woochan Jang, Ursula C. Drager, and James E. Schwob

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Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo on Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility in Evaluation, Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo

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Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo on Multicultural Processes in Evaluation, Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo

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Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo on Using Summative Analysis Qualitative Technique in Evaluation, Humberto Reynoso-Vallejo

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Judy Savageau on The IRB Process in Human Subject Research, Judith A. Savageau