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David Cordray

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Department of Psychology and Human Development

David Cordray's research has focused on estimating the numerical effects of social interventions directed at-risk populations (e.g. homeless, substance abusers). In addition to conducting multi-site evaluations of intervention programs, he has contributed to the development of methodological refinements of quasi-experimental designs, meta-analysis, and non-traditional forms of casual inquiry.

Current Research

  • Program Director: Experimental Education Research Training Program - ExpERT. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences August, 2004 -August 2009. Approximately $4.9 million.
  • Co-PI (with Jim Pellegrino and Susan Goldman; University of Illinois, Chicago Circle). What Works? Integrating Technology and Effective Pedagogy. Funded by the Atlantic Philanthropic Fund. Approximately $2,000,000. (November, 2003 to present).
  • Principal Investigator: Assessing Expertise. Funded by the Learning Sciences Institute, Vanderbilt University, $49,500. June, 2002 to June 2004.
  • Assessment and Evaluation (A&E) Thrust Leader (PI, Tom Harris). VaNTH Engineering Research Center. November, 1999 to present. (The A&E Trust receives between $250,000 - $300,000 per year); total approximately $17,000,000.
  • Principal Investigator: Evaluation of the Kellogg Foundation Birthing Center (6 year project). Approximately $500,000. September, 1999- 2004.
  • Principal Investigator. National Evaluation of NIAAA supported R&D program for homeless alcohol and substance abusers, 9/15/90-7/31/94. (Approximately $250,000, total costs, per year, total award, $980,000)
  • Principal Investigator. Meta-analysis of job training programs, Russell Sage Foundation. 6/92-12-93, (18 months, approximately $57,000).

Previous Positions

  • Co-Director, Center for Evaluation Research and Methodology, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University (8/97 to 10/01)
  • Member, Technical Work Group, Longitudinal Evaluation of School Change and Performance, U.S. Department of Education/WESTAT. 1996-2002.
  • Member, Evaluation Review Panel, Office of the Deputy Secretary, U. S. Department of Education, 1992-2001.
  • Director, Center for the Study of At-Risk Populations and Public Assistance Policy, VIPPS (9/90-8/97).
  • Member, Panel on Needle Exchange and Bleach Distribution Programs (1995). Preventing HIV Transmission: The Role of Sterile Needles and Bleach. J. Norman, D. Vlahov, and L. Moses (Eds.) Washington DC: National Academy Press.
  • President, American Evaluation Association (1991-1993).
  • Assistant Director, Program Evaluation and Methodology Division, United States General Accounting Office, Washington, DC (11/84 to 7/89).
  • Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions (1998) Violence in Families: Assessing Prevention and Treatment Programs. R. Chalk and P. King (Eds.), Washington, DC: National Academy Press.