About Us

CEG is a small business, founded in 2008 by Dr. Christine Paulsen, offering an expert team of researchers.

We are based in the greater Boston area, but we perform research all over the globe.

Our clients are mostly educational or engineering organizations — from both the public and private sectors.

CEG is unique because we take a multi-disciplinary approach to all of our projects. We routinely draw upon our expertise in program evaluation, research methodology, usability and human factors, education, social psychology, and health services research.

Our staff

Christine Paulsen, President

Welcome to CEG. I started this consulting practice because I wanted to have an impact on society through research and evaluation. I believe that solid research can help determine what works and what doesn’t — whether we’re talking about education or health or any other field. Using research-based evidence to guide our policy and corporate decisions is more efficient and effective than operating in the absence of data.

I have been conducting research and evaluation studies since 1990. I began my career evaluating the effectiveness of federally-funded programs designed to promote healthy behaviors in communities, companies, and schools. We didn’t have the Internet back then, so most programs delivered their content via in-person trainings, handbooks, traditional curricula, and electronic media such as video. As technology has evolved, so have the programs I have studied. In the mid to late 90’s, as distance learning technologies emerged, I began to evaluate the development of training and educational resources delivered via the Internet. I also began to integrate usability testing and human factors research with program evaluation and basic research to provide my clients with a more comprehensive picture of how their technologies and initiatives were performing.

Over the years, I have conducted research and evaluations primarily in the fields of education and health. I have expertise researching a range of learning technologies, including Web, mobile, and other devices. My research has spanned the life cycle—from preschool children through adults. While I have extensive experience studying classroom-based initiatives, I am particularly interested in studying the use of learning technologies outside of schools—those that hold the promise of helping traditionally underserved populations access information that can improve their lives.

I also have significant expertise in evaluating initiatives that are designed to encourage our kids to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

As the principal research scientist at CEG, I am responsible for supervising all research staff and consultants; managing budgets and timelines; conceptualizing research studies; developing study instruments, including surveys, observational data collection tools, and other measures; data collection; performing descriptive, qualitative analyses as well as inferential, statistical analyses of quantitative data; report writing; and presenting research findings at client meetings, professional conferences, and in peer-reviewed journals.

I hold a Ph.D. in education research, evaluation, and measurement from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in applied social psychology from George Washington University, and a B.A. in psychology from Clark University.

One of my most important values is volunteerism. Therefore, I am actively involved in my community. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Concord Education Fund, an independent organization that supports the pursuit of excellence in our schools by granting funds for the development of curricula, programs, and educational initiatives. Between 2008-2014, I also served on the Board of the Alcott School Parent and Teacher Group (PTG), where I shared the responsibility of overseeing PTG communication efforts, including the PTG blog.

For a sample of some recent publications, papers, and presentations, click here [This link will open a new window for informalscience.org, where our papers are made available for the public to view and download.]

Connect with Dr. Paulsen on LinkedIn.

Sharon Carroll, Project Manager

Sharon Carroll is a Project Manager and User Experience Specialist with a background in project management, business analysis, and user interface design. Sharon brings operational knowledge from a variety of industries, including education, manufacturing, engineering and financial services, as well as project management expertise related to the user experience portion of technology-based projects. Sharon holds a B.B.A in Finance from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Client/Server and Web Development from Clark University.

Lisa Burke, Research Associate

Lisa Burke is a Research Associate with extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, attained over fifteen years as a project manager, consultant and researcher in the work/life field, understanding client needs and expectations, and then developing strategies to address those identified needs. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Williams College and her master’s degree in education, with a focus on psychology, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ashley Pereira, Research Associate

Ashley Pereira is a research associate with over eight years of experience in various fields of education, including K-12 classroom teaching, higher education instruction, curriculum design, and instructional leadership roles. Her practical experiences and expertise in both research and education are well aligned with the needs of CEG’s clients. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut and a Masters degree in education from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Elizabeth Paulsen, Research Assistant

Elizabeth is a student at Middlesex Community College. She supports all aspects of our projects, especially pilot testing surveys and troubleshooting online surveys for CEG.

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