Antonio Olmos, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Antonio has over 20 years of experience working in the field of program evaluation and research methods. As many others, Antonio became an accidental evaluator back in Mexico when working in the statistical analysis of a program offering education services to very small communities. He is passionate about demonstrating the effectiveness of programs and for many years he has worked around the idea of program effectiveness using research designs and research methods. Antonio has presented at National and International conferences about topics such as Propensity scores, meta-analysis, instrument equivalence, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Although specializing in quantitative methods, Antonio recognizes the importance of qualitative methods, and has extensive experience in mixed methods. Antonio has strong ties to Colorado, where he has worked as Director of Evaluation and Research (Mental Health Center of Denver), Associate professor (University of Denver), Board President (Colorado Evaluation Network), and local chair (American Evaluation Association).

Key Expertise: Experimental designs | Program evaluation methods and theory | Psychometrics | Quantitative methods | Quasi-experimental designs

Personal Interests: The outdoors | Endurance sports | Art | Photography | Music

Adam Soberay, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Within his role at ARI, Dr. Soberay has been a lead evaluator for a variety of programs across multiple community-based agencies. He is currently working on evaluations for the Aurora Mental Health Center, the Colorado Refugee Wellness Center, and the Asian Pacific Development Center. He is also currently providing data and evaluation support for the National Council for Behavioral Health. His current work focuses on evaluating programs targeting health disparities, primarily those experienced by individuals with mental illness and/or refugee and immigrant populations. At ARI, Adam is also responsible for the training of master’s and doctoral level evaluation interns. He also provides evaluation and research support for pre-doctoral psychology interns at the Aurora Mental Health Center. Adam is also currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver in the department of Research Methods and Statistics, as well as the department of Business Information and Analytics. He is also currently an adjunct faculty of the Math department at the Johnson and Wales University. His prior experience includes serving as the Program Manager and Research Coordinator for the University of Denver’s Problem Gambling Treatment and Research Center. He also contributed to a year-long assessment of the implementation of expanded learning opportunities targeting educational disparities within Colorado Public Schools. Dr. Soberay has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences on topics across research and program evaluation.

Key Expertise: Advanced Statistical Analysis | Evaluation | Program Management | Research Methods | Teaching

Personal Interests: Mountain Biking

Crystal Luce, M.A.
Research Associate

Crystal Luce is working on research and evaluation projects involving Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Caring for Colorado, and the Denver Foundation. From a research and evaluation perspective, Crystal has experience with grant writing, focus groups, strategic planning, Microsoft Access database building, and data reporting. Crystal comes to us with over 15 years of work experience in the non-profit field. Prior to working at Aurora Research Institute, she worked at Aurora Mental Health as a Case Manager, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado as a Program Manager for their youth programming, and Case Manager for the Colorado AIDS Project. Crystal’s employment has provided her expertise with: integrated health (over 10 years), HIV care and prevention, cultural inclusivity, LGBT youth, community rights, refugee health, youth mentoring, youth in school and justice settings, family supervision, criminal justice and substance use. Crystal has also completed side projects with the Grand Valley Living Wage Campaign, Mesa County Meth Task Force, Western Equality, Butterflies and Dolphins (local mental health organization), and local Speech and Debate Teams. Crystal has presented her work at the Western Social Science Conference and the Boston College School of Social Work and HIV Conference. Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Mesa State University and her Masters of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Politics and Nation theory from the University of Colorado-Denver. Crystal’s work is driven by her experience growing up around the world due to her father’s work in the Navy.

Key Expertise: Cultural inclusivity | Integrated health | HIV care and prevention | LGBT rights | Strategic planning | Substance Use

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my fiancé | Dance and other physical activities | Reading

Erika Barse, B.A.
Research Assistant

Erika graduated cum laude from Western Colorado University in 2018, with her bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Sociology. Erika specialized in research methodology and worked as a teaching and research assistant for three years, where she had the opportunity to lead/co-author a number of projects and assist other students in the development of research questions and protocols. She has attended and presented her work regionally and nationally for the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Her work extended to the community where she served as a volunteer for GCSAPP, the Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project, a community coalition whose aim is to educate and provide programming that is data driven- informed by community data and specially tailored for the unique rural community. Erika joins ARI with an additional two years of clinical experience as a registered behavioral therapist, working directly with youth with developmental and mental challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, and offers a client-facing perspective to ARI. She is passionate about education and holistic/integrative care, and believes that data science should be relatable and approachable by all.

Key Expertise: Literature Review | Scientific Writing | Child Development | Mental Health | Behavioral Analysis

Personal Interests: Yoga | Volleyball | Food | Travel | Anime | Gaming | Dungeons & Dragons

Chelsea Dillane, M.A.
Research Assistant

Chelsea is a Ph.D. student in the Research Methods and Statistics Program at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education, where she is specializing in Human Trafficking Studies. She received her Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 2020, with specializations in Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Research Methods, and Statistics. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. During her studies, she has developed an in-depth understanding of research methods, mental health, psychology, advanced statistics, human trafficking, and human rights issues. During her five years of research experience, she has conducted research with the Human Trafficking Center at the University of Denver, the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, the University of Denver Just Wages Project, and the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force. She has additionally served as a Teaching Assistant for various graduate courses and led the Human Trafficking Center’s Human Rights Clinic for multiple years. Chelsea joins ARI after working on various ARI projects as an intern, and her current work at ARI includes qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis. Chelsea is passionate about human rights, and approaches societal issues through a preventative lens that examines the root causes of these issues and the effectiveness of current efforts to combat them. She aims to utilize research and evaluation to find solutions to issues surrounding mental health and human rights.

Key Expertise: Research Methods | Statistics | Qualitative Research | Human Trafficking Research and Prevention | Mental Health | Human Rights

Personal Interests: Hiking | Writing | Food | Houseplants | Horror

Stu Garney, B.A.
Data Coordinator

Stuart joined ARI from Missoula, Montana with an interest in database design, development, and administration. With a graduate certificate degree in Data Analytics from Arapahoe Community College, he thus has an exceptional understanding of data science and analytics. His projects have demonstrated the cleaning and prepping of large raw data sets for further data/text mining, cluster analysis, map plotting, predictive modeling, sentiment analysis, segmentation, frequency distribution, and machine learning. He brings with him 4+ years of experience in SQL, Microsoft Access and Excel, R, Visual Basic, and Python and is fluent in their programming language. Furthermore, he specializes in Data Visualization utilizing Tableau to highlight and explain data in the simplest of ways. This skill set has enabled him to pursue web development as an additional interest. For his undergraduate degree Stuart received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Montana. This undergraduate background provided Stuart with a with wide range theoretical knowledge in environmental sciences and psychology, which have enabled him to understand the context of the databases he designs. With a wide variety of professional, technical, and educational experience Stuart brings a different perspective of problem solving and creativity to the table.

Key Expertise: Database design | Data Management | Database normalization & automation | Data Visualization | Programming Fluency | Web development

Personal Interests: Playing music | Soccer | Fly fishing | Hiking | Camping | Board sports