About Us

The State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center is a national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

The SISEP Center, a project within the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), is housed within the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To learn more about the SISEP Center and the progress being made with K-12 Institutions and Implementation view the annual infographic.

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Caryn Ward, Ph.D.
Sophia Farmer, M.T.
Implementation Specialist
Ximena Franco-Jenkins, Ph.D.
Advanced Research Scientist
Rebekah Hornak, M.A.
Implementation and Communication Specialist
Kathleen Ryan Jackson, Ed.D.
Implementation Specialist
Correy Watkins, M.A.
Implementation Specialist
Amelia Krysinski
Project Manager
Wendy Morgan, Ph.D.
Instructional Design Lead

OSEP Project Officer:  Dr. Jennifer Coffey

Dr. Jennifer CoffeyJennifer Coffey, Ph.D., is an Education Program Specialist in the Office of Special Education Programs in the US Department of Education. She is a graduate of the Executive Potential Program and is the Program Lead for the State Personnel Development Grants Program and the Project Officer for the State Implementation and Scaling Up of Evidence-based Practices TA Center. Before coming to the US Department of Education, she was a Program Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education, focusing on statewide initiatives for response to intervention and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Dr. Coffey also taught students with disabilities in elementary school, both in a self-contained classroom and as a resource specialist. Prior to receiving her doctorate in Special Education, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho.