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Sarah Guckenburg

WestEd Senior Research Associate Sarah Guckenburg works on a variety of research and evaluation projects focusing on school climate, bullying, criminal justice, teen pregnancy, and education policy issues.

Guckenburg co-directs a community-based randomized controlled trial of a Latino/a teen pregnancy prevention program and a quasi-experimental evaluation for a country-wide prisoner reentry program.

She is also part of the evaluation team for the South Carolina Safe and Supportive School and the team evaluating the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative, a statewide urban violence prevention strategy in Massachusetts.

Guckenburg collaborated with WestEd colleagues on two systematic review projects, both published in 2010: Formal System Processing: Effects on Delinquency; and a review of evaluations of police-schools interventions for George Mason University.

Guckenburg also performs work for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands, where she has developed research agenda and culture of data use workshops for the research alliances.

Prior to joining WestEd in 2006, Guckenburg worked for Join Together, a project of Boston University School of Public Health that works to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment.

While at Join Together, Guckenburg co-authored How Do We Know We are Making a Difference? A Community Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Indicators Handbook. This publication helps organizations in their data collection procedures monitor and evaluate alcohol and other drug prevention programs.

Guckenburg received a BA in psychology from Wheaton College and an MPH in public health from Boston University.