MSU Team

Great Start Readiness Program

Our team consists of collaborators from MSU's interdisciplinary and cross-institutional backgrounds with experience working on multi-site evaluations in K-12 and early childhood program settings. All the senior personnel are well-experienced with large-scale data collection, management, and analysis, and are expected to widely disseminate the findings through the affiliated networks across the fields of evaluation, education, child development, economy, social policies, and statistics.

Heng-Chieh (Jamie) Wu, Principal Investigator, recreation and youth development.

K-12 out-of-school time, program evaluation, hierarchical linear modeling, Co-PI for the Michigan 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) statewide evaluation project.

Dr. Wu has had more than a decade of experience conducting K-12 out-of-school time program evaluation and was named as one of the Most Influential in Research and Evaluation 2018 by the National AfterSchool Association.


Laurie Van Egeren, Co-Principal Investigator, developmental psychology.

Child development, cluster randomized trial, Co-PI for the Michigan 21st CCLC statewide evaluation, PI for NSF-funded Head Start on Science, Co-PI for NSF-funded Advancing Research and its Impact on Society (ARIS) Center.

Dr. Van Egeren is the interim associate provost for University Outreach and Engagement and her work emphasizes community-engaged scholarships and translating research to the public.


Frank Lawrence, Investigator, senior statistician.

Longitudinal latent growth modeling, mixture modeling, hierarchical linear modeling.

Dr. Lawrence serves as the lead statistician and oversees the analytic framework for the longitudinal examination of the GSRP impacts.


Steven Miller, Investigator, policy economist.

Applied economic methods for economic modeling and for monitoring and evaluation.

Dr. Miller is the director of the Center for Economic Analysis, and serves as the lead economist focusing on the economic impacts of GSRP.


KyungSook Lee, Investigator, human development and family studies.

Structural equation modeling, system dynamics modeling.

Dr. Lee is the quantitative data manager. She supervises undergraduate students and assists with data analysis and report writing.


Miles McNall, Lead Advisor, sociologist.

School-based health centers, childhood and youth mental health systems.

Dr. McNall is the Director of the Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative, and facilitates GSRP advisory committee meetings.