Dr. Moti Hara joins the faculty of the Educational Leadership and Policy Department in the Graduate School of Education, after earning his PhD in Advanced Quantitative Methods from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His main areas of research interest include the thoughtful and thorough application of advanced statistical methods particularly in the analysis of longitudinal data, multi-site evaluation studies, and application of Bayesian Statistics.
Prior to coming to PSU, Dr. Hara completed his NIDA/NIH-funded Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship with UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). During his two years at ISAP, Dr. Hara actively collaborated with members of its Statistics Core on methodological applications within the context of substance abuse research. Earlier in his graduate training, Dr. Hara spent four years at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), where he worked on analyses of large-scale assessment data from urban school districts.
While tackling methodological challenges in different substantive area contexts has helped Dr. Hara realize how research methodology transcends disciplinary borders, he comes to PSU eager to refocus his attention once again on educational research. He attributes part of his yearning for educational research to his own upbringing: originally born in Japan, spending seven years of his early childhood in Sweden, and completing his higher education in the U.S. As a beneficiary of three distinctly different education systems, Dr. Hara hopes to make a positive contribution to the continuing changes and advancements of the Oregon educational system.