B.A., Wellesley College, 2000
M.A., Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, 2006
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, 2010
Phone: (225) 578-1019
Kate LaVelle is a Research Associate in the Office of Social Service Research and Development at Louisiana State University. She is a developmental psychologist with over ten years of professional evaluation experience. She has conducted evaluation work in multiple contexts, including early childhood, education, youth development, afterschool, mental health, and child welfare. Her evaluation work uses a mixed-method approach that incorporates ecological and developmental theories to examine the quality of implementation and effectiveness of programs for children and families. She specializes in building evaluation capacity, engaging with community stakeholders, implementing developmentally appropriate data collection tools, and using evaluation findings to inform program improvement.
Her research interests include examining the influence of risk and protective factors in promoting resilience and healthy development for children and families. Dr. LaVelle is active in the American Evaluation Association and provides ad hoc journal article reviews for Evaluation and Program Planning. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2010 from Claremont Graduate University.
Berry, T. & LaVelle, K. (2013). Comparing Socio-Emotional Outcomes for Early Adolescents who Join After School for Internal or External Reasons. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33, 77-103.
LaVelle (nee Byrd), K. (2010). Childhood Resilience: Exploring the connections between internal and external buffers. (Doctoral Dissertation). Claremont Graduate University, CA.
Berry, T. & LaVelle (nee Byrd), K., Collins, K. (2009). The Effects of Reading Street on Reading Achievement: A Focus on Second Year Curriculum Users. Final Evaluation Report. Institute of Organizational and Program Evaluation Research, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Berry, T. & LaVelle (nee Byrd), K., Shuster, C., Collins, K., & Menkes, S. (2009). An Evaluation of After School All-Stars, Los Angeles. Final Report. Institute of Organizational and Program Evaluation Research, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Fleischer, D., Christie, C., & LaVelle (nee Byrd), K., (2008). Perceptions of Evaluation Capacity Building in the USA: Descriptive Study of American Evaluation Association Members. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 23, 37-60.
LaVelle, K., Lee, S. & Morgan, D. (2015). From the ground up: Strategies and tools to build internal evaluation capacity within mental health organizations. Presentation given at Annual American Evaluation Association conference, Chicago, IL.
LaVelle, K., Schafler, E., Gonzalez, A., Quintero, J. & McGrath, E. (2015). An integrated mental health and legal service approach: Increasing Access to quality care through purposeful program planning and evaluation. Presentation given at Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy conference, Tampa, FL.
LaVelle, K., Quintero, J., Ward, A., & McGrath, E. (2014). Using the Quality Implementation Tool (QIT) to Evaluate Implementation of Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions in a Community-Based Setting. Presentation given at Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy conference, Tampa, FL.
LaVelle, K. & Morgan, D. (2012). Integrating strategy and evaluation in a non-profit setting. Presentation given at American Evaluation Association conference, Minneapolis, MN.
LaVelle (nee Byrd), K., Berry, T., Menkes, S., Collins, K. (2010). Enhancing evaluation quality of programs serving youth: Data collection strategies and ethical issues. Presentation given at American Evaluation Association conference, San Antonio, TX.
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services. Transitional Housing Program-Plus. (2015-16). $347,508 awarded to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. Contributions: grant narrative, program evaluation.
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation. Transitional Independent Living Program. (2013-2015). $303,480 awarded to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. Contributions: program evaluation.
Rose Hills Foundation. Family Resource Center. (2014). $150,00 awarded to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. Contributions: program evaluation.
Human Services Evaluation Topical Interest Group Co-Chair, American Evaluation Association, 2013-2016.
Evaluation and Program Planning, Reviewer, 2014-Current.
Conference proposal reviewer, American Evaluation Association, 2010 – Current.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clinical Implementation Committee, Advisory member, 2010-13.
The RISE Project: Permanent Families for LGBTQ Children and Youth. A Project of
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Research and Evaluation Committee member, 2010-2013.