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Third-party Evaluations

Project Wisdom Program Evaluations

Data analysis and reporting conducted by Dr. Beth Manke, Professor in the Human Development Department at California State University, Long Beach

About Dr. Beth Manke

Dr. Beth Manke received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (with a minor in statistics) in 1995 from Pennsylvania State University and is currently a professor in the Department of Human Development at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Manke has over 19 years of program evaluation experience and is presently coordinating the evaluation efforts for several Houston and Los Angeles organizations. Dr. Manke has expertise in web-based surveys, paper-and-pencil questionnaires, focus groups, experimental control studies, clinical interviews, and observational techniques. Dr. Manke has described her evaluation findings in written professional reports and community-wide presentations. Her results have also been featured in several newspaper articles and news programs.

"The program lends itself easily to be implemented into any pre-existing character education program or can be a stand alone. There is no teacher frustration or reluctance to use it, because it is extremely teacher/school friendly."

Verona, Elementary Teacher - California

In addition to conducting evaluation studies, Dr. Manke maintains an active research program focused on the interplay of children's familial relationships (parent-child and sibling), broader contextual factors, and developmental outcomes, including mental health, academic achievement, and behavior problems. Dr. Manke recently completed a National Institute of Mental Health Grant focused on how children and their families cope with childhood type 2 diabetes. Dr. Manke has co-authored over 25 empirical articles and chapters in scholarly journals and edited books. She has also presented her research findings in over 50 conference presentations and has been the invited guest speaker at several universities. Dr. Manke has received international recognition for her work. For example, she was an invited research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry in London England; served as the guest presenter at a methodology workshop at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and was the recipient of the 1999 International Visiting Scholarship awarded by the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Dr. Manke is a current member of the American Evaluation Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Society for Research in Child Development. Dr. Manke currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several scholarly journals, including Developmental Psychology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Development, Merill Palmer Quarterly, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Family Communication, and the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

As a faculty member, Dr. Manke has taught courses on child and adolescent development, research methods and design, introductory statistics, community service learning, and program evaluation. Dr. Manke was awarded the 2009 Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership across the Curriculum Award from California State University, Long Beach and named the 2011 Most Valuable Professor. She was also the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Achiever Award from the College of Life Sciences Alumni Association, University of Arizona.

Examples of Publications:

Manke, B., Pike, A. (2003). Combining the social relations model and behavioral genetics to explore the etiology of familial interactions. Marriage and Family Review, 33, 179-204.

Skopp, N., MacDonald, R., Manke, B., & Jouriles, E. (2005). Siblings in domestically violent families: Experiences of interparent conflict and adjustment problems, Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 324- 333.

Eriksen, S. J., & Manke, B. (2011). A regional study of children at risk of type 2 diabetes. Sociological Inquiry, 81(4), 549-569.

Examples of Conference Presentations:

Manke, B., & D'Costa, S. (2012). A Randomized Control Trial of a Literacy Intervention Program. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, April.

Manke, B., Rosecrans, T., & Smalling, J. (2009). Perceived school safety and children's adjustment: Does grade level matter? Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO, April.

Manke, B., Brown, S., Moreno, J., Quintiliani, K., Cote, S., & Martinez, D. (2007). Equal Partners: Participatory Research Involving Faculty, Students, and Community Members. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Long Beach, CA.

Manke, B. (2006). From researching community teaching to community needs research. Paper presented as part of the workshop, Converging operations: Combining service learning, community-based research and public service for a cohesive RTP portfolio at the CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research: Creating Knowledge and Building Community, Pomona, CA, March.

Manke, B., Ewing, A., & Corbitt-Shindler, D. (2005). Mentors independent contributions to children's adjustment: The case of behavior problems and academic achievement. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA, April.

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