Center for Court Research Staff
Carl McCurley, Ph.D., Manager
Carl came to the Center in March, 2006, from the National Center for Juvenile Justice, where he worked on topics related to juvenile problem behaviors, including violent offending, violent sex offending, domestic violence, and substance use. His evaluation experience includes an evaluation of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services’ aftercare (probation) program. He authored the 2006 report, Self-Reported Law-Violating Behavior from Adolescence to Early Adulthood in a Modern Cohort
, for the National Institute of Justice. Carl has extensive experience with the analysis of survey data and data from official sources, such as courts and law enforcement agencies. He holds a B.A. in Government (University of Texas) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (Indiana University).
Tom George, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Tom joined the Center staff in February, 2007. Previously, Tom was a Research Specialist at the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served as a program evaluator for federally funded program designed to improve teaching and mentoring in Chicago’s inner-city schools. Tom earned his B.A. degree in Psychology at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Utah. Tom’s areas of interest and experience include research design, developmental psychology, and child and adolescent psychopathology.
Sarah Veele, MPH, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Sarah joined the Center staff in January, 2010. Sarah previously worked for the Prevention Research Center of Michigan where she was involved in multiple evaluation and research projects, including a study of how incarceration impacts family members outside of prison. In addition to her research, Sarah has taught courses in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. Her research interests include survey methodology, research design, injury prevention, and social inequality. Sarah holds a BA in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Health Services from the University of Washington.
Matt Orme, Senior Research Associate
Matt joined the Center staff in May of 2011. Before coming to AOC, he worked as the Data Resources Manager for Partners for Our Children at the University of Washington. Previously, Matt had worked for more than 16 years as a specialist with DSHS’s Children’s Administration, most recently as a program manager and database and technical administrator. He developed and managed program and performance indicators, and assisted managers in monitoring field activities and improving program operations and reporting. He also provided expert data and technical assistance, information analysis, training and system development. In his capacity as Senior Research Associate, Matt will use administrative data to evaluate outcomes and provide performance tracking for children in the dependency courts and child welfare systems. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and fine arts from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Fine Arts in theater arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Wei Wang, M.S., Systems Integrator
Wei joined the Center staff in November 2006. Previously, Wei was a Research Associate at Medical University of South Carolina, working on medical research projects such as research protocol development, data management and statistical analysis for clinical trials. Wei holds a B.S. in Math (Beijing Normal University, China) and a M.S. in Biostatistics (University of South Florida).
David Elliott, Senior Court Program Analyst
David joined the Center in June of 2012 after 26 years in state and local elections and fiscal research on behalf of local governments. Dave has senior-level policy development, program management, and legislative experience, with an emphasis on criminal justice and election issues. He has policy area expertise in criminal justice, infrastructure, elections, economic development, and pensions, and has provided high-level research for white papers and studies in a broad range of policy areas. He has held positions at the Office of Financial Management, Thurston County Auditor, Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State, and the Washington Department of Commerce. As the Director of Elections for the state, Dave specialized in legislative relations. He served as an elected school board director for the Griffin School District. He has a Master in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Puget Sound.
Patty Frost, Court Association Coordinator
Patty joined the Center in September 2009. Patty has 37 years employment with the state of Washington including 28 years at the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). A majority of those years were in Information Services, but after a brief five month retirement, she returned to work in Court Services. Patty’s experience includes assisting courts with network issues, managing computer operations, evaluating, acquiring, and installing network and computer equipment, personal services contracts, strategic planning, disaster recovery, and coordinating replacement of court staff and judges’ equipment. She currently provides staff support for the Case Management Assessment Process (CMAP).