John Vetter, M.A. — Senior Research Associate (Technical Services)

John Vetter has served as the lead evaluator for Oklahoma Systems of Care since 2003 and was the primary designer of the Youth Information System (YIS), a dynamic user interface with data transformation capabilities. The YIS is a secure, web-based application which provides real-time access to evaluation and program monitoring data to state management and local site leadership. The YIS has become invaluable as a management tool in the ability of OKSOC site management and staff to identify, better serve, and document positive outcomes for individuals with critical needs. John worked with a committee of mental health professionals, youth and family members to develop the evaluation plan and data instruments used by Oklahoma System of Care’s statewide wraparound project. He has presented multiple times at national meetings and workshops on E-TEAM’s work with the OKSOC evaluation. John worked for several years in Albuquerque, New Mexico designing data collection and monitoring systems for substance abuse programs. John worked at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction, affiliated with the University of New Mexico, where he created the Center’s information system in support of a Target Cities grant from the Center on Substance Abuse Treatment. He planned and coordinated data collection for Albuquerque’s network of substance abuse providers and handled all aspects of data reporting, to both CSAT and local governmental and university sponsors.

Carol Surber, M.A. — Senior Research Associate (Data Analyst)

Carol Surber has nearly 30 years’ experience conducting program evaluation with an emphasis in education, Pre-K to Grade 12. She currently serves as the lead evaluator for multiple education programs housed at the University of Oklahoma, including the Central Comprehensive Center (providing technical assistance to state education agencies in Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri) and the South Central Comprehensive Center (serving New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana), both of which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Her background includes serving as the lead external evaluator and principal grant writer for grantees of federally-funded programs, notably: seven Title III English Language Acquisition programs serving Native American and Spanish-speaking students; two Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiatives creating community-wide partnerships to prevent violence and drug use among school-age children; two 21st Century Community Learning Centers for after-school support; a Grant to Reduce Access to Alcohol among underage students; and a National Science Foundation project to promote science and technology skills among youth with disabilities. Carol has worked with over 40 school districts in both rural and urban locations across Oklahoma.

Adam Gibson, Ph.D. — Senior Research Associate

Adam Gibson, Ph.D. is a previous faculty member at Colorado State University, Utah State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gibson has an extensive background in social science research methods, survey construction, statistics, and sampling design. Dr. Gibson has worked as an evaluator for the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, and currently serves as the lead evaluator for Family Resource Information, Education and Network Development Services (FRIENDS), which provides technical assistance to federally funded Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) programs. Dr. Gibson is also the lead evaluator for a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) partnership with the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (OCAITHB).

Amber Romo, M.A. — Research Associate (Data Analyst)

Amber Romo holds a master’s degree in psychology and has an extensive background in research and statistical analysis. Her co-authored textbook, Automaticity and Cognitive Control in Social Behavior, was published in 2007 and her co-authored article was published in Evolutionary Psychology in 2011. Amber has taught psychology courses at the University of Central Oklahoma for several years as an adjunct instructor. She has served as a judge for paper presentations given at the Oklahoma Psychological Society annual conference and as a student reviewer for Association for Psychological Science research competitions. Amber was awarded the Instructional Psychology and Technology Graduate Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma in 2011. She is the lead evaluator for the Migrant Education Program for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the lead for the Early Literacy Quick Assessment validation study. She is currently working on Oklahoma Systems of Care for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Studies and an evaluation for the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Oklahoma.