About Us

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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.


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Melanie Livet

Melanie Livet, Ph.D.

Evaluator, Principal Investigator


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Rebekah Hornak

Rebekah Hornak, M.A.

Implementation and Communication Specialist


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Abby Butler

Abby Butler

Project Manager


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Amelia Krysinski

Project Manager


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Kris Earl
Implementation Specialist
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Ximena Franco-Jenkins

Ximena Franco-Jenkins, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist


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Wendy Morgan

Wendy Morgan, Ph.D.

Instructional Design Lead


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Kathleen Ryan Jackson, Ed.D.

Implementation Specialist


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Corey Watkins

Correy Watkins, M.A.

Implementation Specialist


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Caryn Ward, Ph.D.

Key Advisor, Original Principal Investigator

Sophia Farmer

Sophia Farmer, M.T.

Jennifr Coffey

OSEP Project Officer: Dr. Jennifer Coffey

Jennifer 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.