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Karen Cellarius
Karen Cellarius


  • Principal Investigator
  • Senior Research Associate



  • MPA, Advanced Analytical Techniques, Columbia University
  • BSLA, Major: German, Minor: Linguistics, Georgetown University


Academic/Research Focus

  • Program Evaluation, Systems, Social Services
  • Populations and communities of interest: People experiencing homelessness, disability, addiction, mental illness. Service providers. Caregivers.
  • Research topics/areas: systems, prevention, youth, homelessness, criminal justice, addiction, mental health, opioids, suicide
  • Methodologic expertise: evaluation design and implementation, needs assessments, system change, measuring fidelity to evidence based practices, outcome and process evaluation, mixed-methods research, community based participatory research


Personal Interests

My early 20s was spent working for non-profits and international service providers.  Quality of life is complex.  I learned that systems and policies affect people greatly. When well designed, they can benefit communities, workers, service providers and service recipients. I went back to school to gain skills that could support others to evaluate themselves and improve over time.  Oh, and I also enjoy my son and my puppies and visiting with old friends.