Director of Research and Program Evaluation and Assistant Professor

Gina Baral Abrams, Dr.P.H., has been working to develop healthy communities as a public health practitioner and macro social worker for 20 years. She has extensive experience in the higher education setting with college students, including mixed-methods research, program evaluation and online teaching. She is using her knowledge of public health, social work, and educational statistics, measurement and evaluation, to help shape the direction of the IIRP Graduate School's research efforts.

Dr. Abrams teaches research methods in the online M.S.W. program at Boston University School of Social Work. Previously, she was Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Lehigh University and Director for Health Promotion and Wellness at Princeton University. She has been principal investigator in many research studies relating to health issues affecting college students and other populations. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at numerous academic conferences since 1998.

Dr. Abrams holds a B.S. in Physical Education Studies from the University of Delaware; an M.S.W. in Social Work Macro Practice and an M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Health from Quality MattersBoston University; an Ed.M. in Educational Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation from Rutgers University and a Dr.P.H. in Leadership, Management and Policy from Boston University.

Additionally, Dr. Abrams is the IIRP's Quality Matters Coordinator, a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process that certifies the quality of online courses.

View a list of Dr. Abrams' publications and presentations.