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Office of Research Services Staff

Jamison FargoJamison Fargo, PhD, MS.Epi

Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Psychology

Email: jamison.fargo@usu.eduLocation: EDUC 453
Office Phone: 435-797-8558

Dr. Fargo has been the Associate Dean for Research since 2014 and a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychology since 2004. His research primarily investigates the pathways in and out of homelessness among US Veterans and adolescents. He has also conducted research in the areas of military misconduct, interpersonal violence, and substance abuse prevention. Dr. Fargo is also a quantitative methodologist with broad methodological interests and expertise. His individual and collaborative research efforts have generated over $12 million in funding and he has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Nancy SassanoNancy Sassano, PhD
Proposal Development 

Location: EDUC 452
Office Phone: 435-797-0904

Nancy Sassano joined the Office of Research Services in April 2009 as a proposal development specialist after 12 years as project manager of the USU Center for Epidemiologic Studies where she worked on NIH-funded projects including the Cache County Study on Memory, Health and Aging; Cache County Dementia Progression Study; Utah Child and Family Health Study; and Utah Hip Fracture Study.  In addition to project management and grant proposal experience, she brings to the College experience in development and management of campus wellness programs, secondary health education, and university teaching.  Nancy received her Ph.D. in health education from The Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed. from Arizona State University, and B.S.E. from SUNY Cortland.  Since joining the College of Education and Human Services, she has been involved in the preparation and submission of over 120 grant proposals to a wide range of funding agencies. From 2009-2015 she also served as a staff member for the Institutional Review Board office and voting member of the Board.
Sarah Schwartz

Sarah Schwartz, PhD
Statistical Consulting Studio

Location: EDUC 455
Office Phone: 435-797-0169

Sarah is a statistician with over twelve years of statistical consulting/analysis experience on a wide range of applied projects (e.g., dementia/Alzheimer’s, hearing loss, education, eating disorders, ect.). She completed her doctoral degree in Statistics at Utah State University where she is focused on exact methods for bias detection and avoidance in small, sparse, or correlated data. Prior to her current position, Sarah worked as a statistician for the Center for Epidemiologic Studies at USU, with collaborators from the University of Utah, Johns Hopkins, and Duke. In addition to expertise in traditional experimental designs and statistical techniques, Sarah specializes in cutting-edge longitudinal modeling, survival analysis, graphical methods, data programming, computer-adaptive designs, and RCTs. She also has experience in scientific writing, including journal articles and grant applications.

Sarah earned her undergraduate degree from USU in Math Education with a minor in Chemistry Teaching. She taught math and chemistry for five years at both public and private high schools. Sarah has also taught courses at USU, including college algebra (Math 1010, 1050) and introductory statistics (Stat 1040, 2000). Sarah currently teaches graduate-level statistics courses in our college (Educ 6600, Psy 6600, Psy 7650). In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding and skiing in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer.

Tyson BarrettTyson Barrett, PhD
Data Science and Discovery Unit

Location: EDUC 453
Office: 435-797-0120

Tyson is a data scientist with experience collaborating in and consulting on a wide range of projects in the social and health sciences. He and his collaborators across the United States have conducted research regarding health behaviors, communication and other disorders, health services, educational interventions, and adolescent social networks. Tyson has experience with data tools across the collection/analysis spectrum, including R, Jamovi, REDCap, MTurk, and Qualtrics. He specializes in data organization (formatting, cleaning, reshaping, merging) and analysis (visualization and reporting). He has also developed new data analysis tools and provided them as open source.

Tyson received his PhD in Quantitative Psychology at Utah State University wherein his training focused on applied data analysis. He also has a dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Psychology. He teaches graduate-level data analysis and statistical methodology courses for the College of Education and Human Services, including EDUC/PSY 6050, 6600, and 7610. He also teaches workshops and continuing education courses on R, data analysis, and statistics.

Janet RobertsJanet Roberts
Business Assistant 

Location: EDUC 453
Office Phone: 435-797-5724

Janet joined the Office of Research Services as a Business Assistant on July 1, 2015, after 10 years of working with USU’s Institutional Review Board for the ethical review of research involving human subjects.  Her background in federal regulations and review criteria as well as a B.S. degree in business make her uniquely qualified to assist the ORS in research-related, grant writing and business activities.