Our Team

Team Lead:

Rebecca Gokiert, PhD, R.Psych,

Assistant Director, Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation
Associate Professor, Faculty of Extension

Rebecca Rebeccacompleted her PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Cognition through the Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation (CRAME) at the University of Alberta. Rebecca is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Alberta, and provides consultation and individual assessment to school boards within Alberta.

Within her role as assistant director of the Community University Partnership of the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP), Rebecca leads the development of the Early Childhood Measurement and Evaluation portfolio as director of the Evaluation Capacity Network (ECN). Within this portfolio, she mentors research staff and students in conducting community-based research and evaluation projects, community consultation, and disseminating knowledge about early childhood research and measurement. Rebecca’s work is aimed at being responsive to the early childhood communities measurement needs by providing access to educational opportunities and resources. Rebecca’s current teaching and research focuses on community engagement, partnership development and sustainability, and is primarily in collaboration with early childhood stakeholders, immigrant, refugee and First Nation communities. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys skiing, playing soccer, reading and spending time with family.

Postdoctoral Fellow:

Bethan Kingsley, PhD

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Bethan Kingsley is a postdoctoral fellow with the Evaluation Capacity Network. As part of the team, her role is to coordinate, manage, and research the network using collaborative strategies. Through the ECN, Bethan is currently working on a project with Terra Centre and Brentwood Housing Society to develop a model of supportive housing for teen families using an evaluative approach. In research and evaluation more generally, she uses a community-based approach to explore a range of social issues using qualitative methods. In addition to her work with the Evaluation Capacity Network, Bethan is a consultant with In Situ Change Strategies.



Graduate Research Assistants:

Melissa Tremblay – PhD Student

Melissa TremMelissablay’s early career experiences involved working with youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system as a front-line service provider. While completing her Masters in Family Ecology and Practice, she worked as an evaluator for provincial Children’s Mental Health initiatives, and later took on a role as an evaluator for a substance abuse and violence prevention program in partnership with First Nation communities. Melissa is currently completing her fourth year as a doctoral student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Alberta. Her doctoral research involves understanding the experiences and outcomes of teen families involved in a supportive wraparound housing program. Her involvement with the ECN allows her to cultivate her passion for community-engaged research and to draw on her knowledge and experiences as a clinician to inform her work as a researcher. On a personal note, Melissa is the proud mom of a one-year-old boy, and is working on finding the best work-life balance she can!

Chelsea Durber – PhD Student 

Chelsea isChelsea in her first year of the School and Clinical Child Psychology doctoral program at the University of Alberta. She completed a Master of Science degree in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her research interests centre on parent-child relationships and children’s socio-emotional development, with particular emphasis on emotion socialization, children’s emotion regulation, and the paternal role in parenting. Chelsea enjoys all things related to cooking, running, and camping in the Rocky Mountains.




Kirstyn Morley – Master’s Student

Kirstyn is currentlKirstynMorley_Photoy a second-year MEd student in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. As a research assistant with the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP), she is part of a research team conducting an evaluation of All in for Youth, a collaborative, school-based model of support for addressing barriers to learning at inner city schools in Edmonton. In her spare time, Kirstyn enjoys reading and travelling.




Julia Roy – Master’s Student


Julia is completing a Master of Science degree in the faculty of Human Ecology. Julia’s work with preschool children with disabilities and their families, starting in 2006, sparked her interest in finding ways to determine if organizations are making a difference in the lives of children and families. This need for evaluation is what drew her to the Evaluation Capacity Network and she is excited to be involved in increasing evaluation capacity in order to improve developmental outcomes for children. She is responsible for much of the communications within the ECN. Julia enjoys reading, hiking, gardening and spending time with her two children.




Emma Wallace – Master’s Student


Emma  is currently pursuing a graduate degree (MA) at the University of Alberta in Community Engagement.  She recently graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability Studies.  Emma’s research interests are in community engagement and working with populations affected by poverty and homelessness.  Emma’s current role at ECN has her working on the development of evaluation courses for university students and community organizations. In her down-time, Emma likes to go for runs and hikes and enjoys reading.


Devon Paolini – Master’s Student

DevonDevon has a Bachelor in Social Work and Women’s Studies from the University of Windsor and is in U o fA’s Master of Arts in Community Engagement to focus her work after very positive work in communities. Devon is also the Director of Rainbow Camp, a camp for LGBTQ2S+ youth in Northern Ontario. Her passion for supporting vulnerable populations in reaching their full power and potential in society drives her work in communities, her studies, and her role in ECN. Devon’s role in the ECN involves supporting their funding applications. In her free time, Devon enjoys swimming, reading feminist blogs and Canadian literature, and exploring Edmonton’s restaurant scene.



If you are interested in joining the Evaluation Capacity Network team or in learning more about our project, please contact ecninfo@ualberta.ca.