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Rebecca Orsi, PhD, MS

Becky Orsi Research Scientist

Contact information

Behavioral Sciences Building A106
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-7237
becky.orsi@colostate.edu

Areas of Interest

Research methods; child welfare outcomes; research using administrative data

Bio

Rebecca Orsi is a Research Scientist and Statistician with the Social Work Research Center. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Statistics and a PhD in Research Methodology, both from Colorado State University. At the Research Center, Becky conducts research design and data analyses for large-scale evaluation projects in child welfare. She also conducts and publishes studies in the area of child maltreatment using a number of secondary data sources, both administrative and surveys. Her research interests include child welfare outcomes for special populations, such as adopted children or children with special health needs. As a methodologist, Becky actively collaborates on research projects with faculty members in the College of Health and Human Sciences and at other universities. Prior to her career in academia, Becky managed large scale implementation projects for a Fortune 500 company.

Degree Information

Ph.D., August 2011, Education and Human Resource Studies/Research Methodology, Colorado State University
M.S., August 2007, Statistics, Colorado State University
A.B., August 1993, Mathematics and German, University of Michigan

Academic Appointments

July 2014 - present: Research Scientist, Social Work Research Center, School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
October 2012 - June 2014: Research Associate/Statistician and Methodologist, Social Work Research Center, School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
February 2010 - September 2012: Researcher, Social Work Research Center, School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
September 2011 - May 2012: Instructor/Researcher, School of Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
January 2011 - December 2011: Co-principal Investigator, College of Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 2010 - December 2010: Instructor, School of Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
September 2009 - November 2010: Graduate Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain Math and Science Partnership, CU-Denver / Colorado State University, Denver and Fort Collins, CO
January 2008 - January 2010: Evaluation Consultant, Historical Literacy Partnership, Hewit Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
August 2007 - Mary 2008: Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate School, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 2006 - July 2007: Statistical Consultant, Statistics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
May 2006 - August 2006: Graduate Research Assistant, Statistics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 2005 - May 2006: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Statistics Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Current professional, academic, community-related, and scientific memberships

Member/Manager – Statistical Solutions, LLC; April 2012 - present

Community service responsibilities and activities for the last 3 years

West African Development Support Organization, Fort Collins, CO, Board member; June 2011 – May 2014
Girl Scouts of Colorado, Fort Collins, CO, volunteer; August 2010 – May 2013

Professional presentations presented during the last 5 years

Orsi, R. (2016, April). Special health needs of children investigated for maltreatment: An analysis from the second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being. Paper presented at the Inaugural Upbring Thought Leadership Conference on Prevention of Child Maltreatment, Austin, Texas.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., Beachy-Quick, B., & Orsi, R. (2015, November). Preventing Child Maltreatment through a Multi-site, Evidence-based Home Visiting Program: A Process Evaluation of SafeCare Colorado. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., & Orsi, R. (2015, January). Utilizing tools for effective child welfare practice: Accurate and efficient trauma screening in Colorado. Paper accepted for presentation at the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, San Diego, CA.

Orsi, R. (2015, January). Utilizing tools for effective child welfare practice: Family risk assessment in Colorado. Paper accepted for presentation at the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, San Diego, CA.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., Murphy, J., Orsi, R., & Rosemond, P. (2014, November). Building on differential response: The Title IV-E waiver and evaluating on-going system change in Colorado. Paper accepted for presentation at the Ninth Annual Conference on Differential Response in Child Welfare, Seattle, WA.

Orsi, R. (2014, October). Concept mapping: A look at what’s underneath. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.

Holmquist-Johnson, H., & Orsi, R. (2014, October). Utilizing tools for effective child welfare practice: Accurate and efficient trauma screening in Colorado. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.

Winokur, M., Gabel, G., Drury, I., Crawford, G., Orsi, R., & Holmquist-Johnson, H. (2013, October). Does differential response make a difference? Findings from an outcome, process, and cost evaluation of the Colorado Consortium on Differential Response. Paper presented at 8th Annual Conference on Differential Response, Vail, CO.

Orsi, R. (2012, April). Using concept mapping to articulate community organizing outcomes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Orsi, R., Basile, C., & Cobb, R. B. (2011, January). Effects of a teacher professional development program on the mathematics achievement of middle school students in the United States. Paper presented at the NSF Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference, Washington, DC.

Selected Publications

Knight, K. E., Menard, S., Simmons, S., Bouffard, L. A., & Orsi, R. (2016). Life course and intergenerational continuity of intimate partner aggression and physical injury: A 20-year study. Violence and Victims, 31(3), 1-21.

Atler, K., Eakman, A. & Orsi, R. (2016). Enhancing construct validity of the Daily Experiences of Pleasure, Productivity and Restoration Profile. Journal of Occupational Science, 23(2), 278-290. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2015.1080625

Reid, L., Sexton, J., & Orsi, R. (2015). Outcomes of a faculty development program promoting scholarly teaching and student engagement at a large research-intensive university. Journal of Faculty Development, 29(3), 23-35.

Orsi, R. (2015). Predicting re-involvement for children adopted out of a public child welfare system. Child Abuse and Neglect, 39, 175-184. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.10.005

Orsi, R., Drury, I. J., & Mackert, M. J. (2014). Reliable and valid: A procedure for establishing item-level interrater reliability for child maltreatment risk and safety assessments. Advance online publication. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 58-66. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.016

Orsi, R. (2014). Concept mapping: A method for articulating grassroots community organizing outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(4), 398-413.

Orsi, R., Winokur, M., Crawford, G., Mace, S., & Batchelder, K. (2012). Predictors of family preservation outcomes and child welfare success in Colorado. Child Welfare, 91(4)

Sample McMeeking, L. B., Orsi, R., & Cobb, R. B. (2012). Effects of a teacher professional development program on the mathematics achievement of middle school students. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 43(2), 159-181

Orsi, R., Chapman, P. L., & Edwards, R. W. (2010). Exploring survey participation, data combination and research validity in a substance use study: An application of hierarchical linear modeling. Substance Use and Misuse, 45(1-2), 98-115