Dr. Belinda Biscoe

Belinda Biscoe, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, College of Continuing Education University OUtreach, Public and Community Services

Director of the Education Training, Evaluation Assessment Measurement Department (E-TEAM)

Belinda Biscoe Boni holds a doctorate in Experimental Child Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in Sociology. Dr. Biscoe Boni has an extensive background in research and program evaluation in areas as diverse as community coalition building, substance abuse treatment among female prisoners, early childhood literacy development, math and science education, and school reform. She is a certifi ed prevention specialist and a certified director for drug and alcohol programs. She has 30 years of experience with school- and community-based programs, including higher education as an administrator, researcher, and program developer.

As the creator and director of E-TEAM, she imparts a vision of collaboration, team-work, and capacity-building among E-TEAM staff members. Under Dr. Biscoe Boni’s leadership, E-TEAM has emerged as a highly competitive, proficient, technologically advanced research and evaluation unit serving innovative education and human service program development at local, state, and national levels. Dr. Biscoe Boni is a skilled researcher and evaluator with experience in experimental design, survey development, data analysis, interpretation and visual presentation of results. Her expertise comprises descriptive and inferential statistics including: mean, standard deviation, variance, percentage, partial correlation, correlation, multiple regression, t-test, ANOVA, exploratory and confi rmatory factor analysis, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, reliability, nonparametric tests, structural equation modeling, and power analysis. Dr. Biscoe Boni served as the lead evaluator for multiple early childhood literacy programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, including Starting Right, (2006-2008), Oklahoma P.R.I.D.E. (2003-2006), and Early Steps to Literacy (2001-2005). She was also the lead evaluator for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Science and Mathematics Professional Development Programs, funded by Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education (1999-2001) and principal investigator of the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ GEAR UP program evaluation, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (1999-2004). She was the principal investigator for a research study investigating the effectiveness of the Growing with Mathematics curriculum, funded by the Wright Group/McGraw Hill Publishing, Chicago, Illinois (2003) and the Western Heights Public Schools’ Students On-Line and Reading (SOAR), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Library Literacy Grant (2002). She served as co-principal investigator in the Reading Success Network Evaluation, funded by the U.S. Department of Education (2000-2002) and the Great Expectations School Reform Model evaluation, funded by Great Expectations, Inc., of Oklahoma City (2002). In the area of mental health and prevention, Dr. Biscoe Boni was consultant and lead evaluator for the Children’s Evaluation for the Targeted Assistance Grantees, funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2003) and served as a member of a national evaluation team with the Triangle Research Institute, evaluating the effectiveness of the National Drug Free Schools Program in School Districts around the United States (2002). She develops competitive grants that have resulted in funding for innovative programs in technology, early childhood, education for homeless youths, parenting education, literacy, substance abuse prevention and treatment, bilingual education, health and nutrition, and school-based foreign language curricula, totaling over $100,000,000 dollars during her career.

Dr. Biscoe Boni brings a breadth and depth of experience that has resulted in signifi cant systems change for many of the educational, community, behavioral health, and faith-based organizations with which she has been involved. Because her approach is one of collaboration and building community and partnerships, many of the programs for which she has received funding continue to be sustained in the community with local resources. Dr. Biscoe Boni has served as a consultant, evaluator, and/or expert reviewer for the Federal Magnet Schools Program, National Institute on Child Health and Development, Federally funded Starting Early Starting Smart Project, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment-Women’s and Children’s Branch, National Institute of Justice and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Office of Women’s Health. She served as a member of the first cross-site national evaluation team on the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, conducted by Research Triangle Institute for ED. She has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and conferences nationally and internationally and published articles on a variety of topics and subjects in education. As the Associate Vice President, Public and Community Services, at the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education,, she bears responsibility for sixteen program units totaling over $60,000,000 in gross revenues and employs 500 professionals.