Contact the CEHS Office of Research Services

2800 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-2800

Phone: 435-797-0565
Fax: 435-797-0200
Location: Education Building 453

Our Staff

Shawn Whiteman

Shawn D. Whiteman, PhD

Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Location: EDUC 453A and FL 127
Office Phone: 435-797-9184

Shawn joined the Office of Research Services in 2019 and serves as the Associate Dean for Research for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. He is a member of the faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies since 2016. Broadly, Shawn’s research investigates the connections between family socialization processes and youth’s health and socioemotional adjustment. He is specifically interested in how siblings directly and indirectly act as sources of social influence and social comparison within families and how their family experiences foster similarities and differences in their relationship qualities, attributes, and health-related behaviors. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, as well as private foundations.

Shawn earned his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with a Graduate Minor in Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. He spent the first 11 years of his career in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.

Nancy Sassano

Nancy Sassano, PhD

Senior Proposal Development Specialist

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

Research Assistant Professor and Director of Statistical Consulting Studio

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

Sarah is a statistician with over eighteen 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.


Amanda Crosby

Amanda Crosby

Proposal Development Specialist

Location: EDUC 456
Office Phone: 435-797-0565

Amanda joined the Office of Research Services in July of 2019 as a Staff Assistant. She brings with her over 14 years of experience in non-profit programming and administration, service-based grant writing, curriculum development, data management, and education partnerships. She has a love for teaching, with a focus on social-emotional learning, character education, and life skills. She is a graduate of USU, with a bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation.