The SOM Office of Research Evaluation unit includes a highly skilled team with diverse research and project management skills.  Evaluation team members have expertise in quantitative approaches, including survey research and data analysis.  The team also includes experts in qualitative methods who use, interviews, focus groups, and data abstraction from program records.

Julie Rainwater, Ph.D., Director, received her doctoral degree in Sociology from Stanford University and has 20 years of experience in program evaluation in health and education at University of California, Davis. To reach Julie email:

Stuart Henderson, Ph.D., Associate Director, received his doctorate in Sociology from University of California, Davis. He has over 15 years of experience in research and evaluation. Working on a range of health and education programs, he provides expertise in evaluation design and implementation, qualitative and mixed methods research, and visual reporting. To reach Stuart, email:

Stacey Neves, M.A., Evaluation Specialist, has a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Sacramento State University. She specializes in designing and implementing surveys, database management, and quantitative analysis. To reach Stacey, email:

Rebeca Giacinto, Ph.D., M.P.H./M.A., Evaluation Specialist, received her doctorate in Global Health from University of California, San Diego and her M.P.H. and M.A. from San Diego State University. Rebeca provides qualitative and quantitative research expertise to ensure best research and evaluation practices. To reach Rebeca, email:

Jenny Wagner, M.P.H., Evaluation Specialist, earned her master's degree in public health at University of California, Davis and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health Sciences.  She brings strengths in quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as survey design, community engagement, data visualization and reporting.  To reach Jenny, email:

Melissa Sullivan, Evaluation Analyst, received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in Organizational Communication, in which she focused on the obstacles to success within an organization. She brings her data analytic and graphic design skills to build compelling data visualizations and reporting. To reach Melissa, email: