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This presentation covered recent trends in the use of research evidence in the United States. Conceptually, this work has been influenced by notions of "research to practice" as well as evidence-based policy and practice. Dr Vivian Tseng of the William T Grant Foundation discussed those trends, as well as more recent interests in the role of research-practice partnerships and intermediary organizations in supporting the use of research.

Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
Place: G1, 18 Woburn Square, Institute of Education, Unviersity of London, London WC1H 0NR
Speaker: Dr Vivian Tseng, Vice President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation.

Dr. Tseng leads the William T. Grant Foundation's grantmaking and spearheads its initiatives on understanding of the use of research in policy and practice and improving research-practice connections. Since joining the Foundation in 2004, she has served in multiple capacities, most recently as senior program officer. She has a deep interest in mentoring young researchers and is committed to strengthening the career pipeline for scholars of color. Thus, she also oversees the William T. Grant Scholars Program for promising early-career researchers and has significantly enhanced the program's mentoring components.

Previously, she was an assistant professor in psychology and Asian American studies at California State University, Northridge. She received her doctorate in community psychology, with a minor in quantitative methods and a concentration in developmental psychology, from New York University and her bachelor of arts in psychology, with a specialization in Asian American studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has focused on understanding how immigration, race, and culture affect youth and their families and has been published in Child Development, Journal of Marriage and the Family, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Handbooks of Parenting, Asian American Psychology, and 21st Century Education, among others. Her recent publications focus on evidence-based policy and practice and mentoring for young scholars. Vivian is also Associate Editor, North America, for the journal Evidence and Policy.

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