Research development staff provide services including exploring potential funding opportunities, supporting application development, developing data management plans, assisting with application submission and providing research development workshops and trainings.
Michael Beckstrand serves as the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Associate with CLA LATIS’ Research Support Services and provides direct consultation services including: research design and methodological problem-solving; technical support of qualitative and quantitative research software, such as Atlas.TI, NVivo, and Stata; and digitization, management, and curation of qualitative data from text to images and audio.
Alexandra K. Brown serves as the Research Development Coordinator for the Arts and Humanities corridor providing pre-application planning consultations, content review and application submission. Alexandra has a background in grant writing, teaching, and academic research. Experience as an NEH panelist, reviewing applications and selecting recipients, enables her to assist faculty in tailoring their proposals to better meet the criteria of grantmakers.
Philip Burton is the Neuroimaging Research Assist within the College of Liberal Arts promoting and facilitating neuroimaging research among faculty, students, and research staff and is available to assist Brain Imaging Grant Applicants and awardees and is available to researchers in all CLA departments, including those that have not conventionally taken a scientific approach to studying the mind and brain.
Jennifer Coffman is the Administrative Associate and Research Specialist in the Office of Research and Graduate Programs. Jennifer has a background in project management, grant administration, fiscal management, marketing, and program evaluation. She is SPECTRUM certified through UMN's Sponsored Project Administration.
Abbey Hammell is the Survey Methodologist and Project Designer in the Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS). She provides human subjects research project design/management expertise and survey methodology consultation for faculty and students. Abbey has actively developed university-level course curriculum and has taught classes & lectures on technical (e.g., statistics) and non-technical topics in the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota.
Alicia Hofelich Mohr
Alicia Hofelich Mohr is the Research Support Coordinator in the Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her research team provides consultation, workshops, and support for faculty and students across the research lifecycle, from data management planning through collection, analysis, sharing. Alicia specializes in designing research workflows, handling human subjects data, de-identifying research data, and teaching reproducible data analysis in quantitative tools, such as R and SPSS.
Kathy Kipp-Huspeni is a Grant Management Coordinator available to assist with pre-award budget development and post-award processing. Kathy is a Certified Approver for CLA sponsored grant transactions and an Effort Coordinator for CLA. She is currently serving on the Grants Management User Network Advisory Committee (GMUNAC) and has previously served terms on the Certified Approver Advisory Committee (CAAC) and the Financial System User Network (FSUN).
Thomas Lindsay is the Assistant Director for Advancing Research within Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS). Tom has expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, demography, experimental design, questionnaire design, programming, and data management. His extensive and diverse background supporting social science research, along with his educational background in History enable him to assist researchers throughout the research lifecycle.
Steven Manson is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the College of Liberal Arts. As the Associate Dean, Steve oversees the CLA Research Development Coordinators and services. He also directs the Human-Environment Geographic Information Science lab. Dr. Manson combines environmental research, social science, and geographic information science to understand complex human-environment systems.
Pernu Menheer specializes in game theory programming, survey methodology, and precision timing programming for social science research. Pernu works with researchers, designing and creating software that fits their needs.
Chris Opsal serves as the Social Sciences Research Development Coordinator in CLA. Chris Opsal has spent her entire career on, seeking, and/or administering soft money, from working on projects funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an undergraduate at UW-Madison, to spending 13 years at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration in a variety of roles, and most recently, serving as Program Manager of a statewide R&D center for K-12 education in Iowa based at the University of Northern Iowa. She was also a freelance academic editor throughout that time.