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Deborah Carran, PhD


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Deborah Carran, PhD received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Miami, and then was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology for two years in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Professor Carran has been a faculty member in the School of Education with JHU for the past 25 years with areas of specialization in research design, methodology, statistical analysis, and evaluation. Areas of research include longitudinal database linkage and tracking, program evaluation methodologies, and data driven decision making for education. Her responsibilities in the School focus on teaching doctoral students the fine discipline of statistics as well as working on grant projects. She directs and serves as the methodologist on several dissertation committees.


Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Miami
M.S. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Miami
BS in Psychology and Biology from the University of Miami


Introductory Statistics, Stat I
Intermediate Statistics, Stat II
Multivariate Statistics, Stat III
Quantitative Research Methods
Dissertation Research Seminar
Intervention Research & Program Evaluation


Carran, D. MANSEF/ASAH Post School Outcomes Study. Principal Investigator, January 2007 – present. ($300,000).
Carran, D. Part C-Part B linked data sets: 2 tracking studies. Funded by the Maryland State Department of
Education. Principal Investigator. September 1, 2001 – Present. ($650,000)


King-Sears, M.E., Carran, D.T., Dammann, S., & Arter, P.S. (in press). Multi-site analyses of special and general education student teachers’ skill ratings for working with students with disabilities. Teacher Education Quarterly.

Carran, D.T., & Kellner, M. (2009). Characteristics of bullies and victims among students with emotional disturbance attending approved private special education schools. Behavioral Disorders, 34(3), 151-163.

Castellani, J. & Carran, D. (2009). Creative decision-making strategies through technology-based curriculum tools. In Lasley, T. & Mahoney, J. (Eds.) Data-driven Decisions and School Leadership: Best Practices for School Improvement, Upper Saddle River, N.J., Allyn and Bacon.

Schoenbrodt, L., Carran, D.T., & Price, J. (2007). A study to evaluate the language development of post-institutionalized children from eastern European countries. Language, Culture, and Curriculum. 20(1), 52 – 69.

Gardner, J.S., & Carran, D.T. (2005). Attainment of personal outcomes by people with developmental disabilities. Mental Retardation, 43(3), 157-174.

Carran, D.T., Kerins, M., & Murray, S. (2005). Three year outcomes for positively and negatively discharged students with EBD from non-public special education facilities. Behavioral Disorders, 30(2), 119-134.

Nunn, J, Carran, D.T., Peloff, D., & Otto, T. (2012) Chesapeake High
School Virtual Learning Environment: Summative Evaluation. Prepared for Baltimore County Public Schools and Center for Technology in Education.

Carran, D. (2010). Pilot Study of Survey of Ethics in Clinical Practice. Prepared for Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Medicine.

Carran, D. (2010). Validation Study of Survey of Ethics in Clinical Practice. Prepared for Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Medicine.

Roman, S., Carran, D.T., & Fiore, C.D. (2010) The Dominican Study: Public library summer reading programs close the reading gap. Prepared for a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Leadership Grant LG-06-06-0102-06.