Lisa Shannon, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation

Dr. Lisa Shannon’s professional interest in education stems in part from her experience teaching an after-school creative writing program for a public school system in North Carolina. While earning her Ph.D. in psychology and program design, administration, and evaluation from North Carolina State University (NCSU), she interned with the local public school system and taught undergraduate courses at NCSU. From 2000 to 2006, Lisa was on the faculty of NCSU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, where she studied programs serving youth and families and evaluated the North Carolina Cooperative Extension System’s efforts around systemic improvement. In 2006, Lisa joined Magnolia Consulting, where she currently serves as director of research and evaluation. In this role, she manages and guides a large portfolio of Magnolia’s research and evaluation work, with responsibilities including strategic and fiscal planning, business development, organizational capacity building and leadership, client and customer relations, and project oversight. Lisa is skilled in conducting complex statistical analyses, including multilevel modeling, modeling for cross-classified random effects, multiple regression, and logistic regression. Her work includes regional, state, and national research and evaluation studies in the following content areas, among others:
  • Reading, math, science, and preschool curricula
  • Nonprofit programs serving at-risk youth, families, and communities
  • Parent education and child abuse prevention programs
  • College readiness and success
  • Community college programs
  • Informal learning
  • School improvement and systemic reform interventions
  • State and district education policy
In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, taking long walks with her dog, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and their four children.

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