Senior Research Associate
Loan Tran, Senior Research Associate in REL West, provides technical assistance in research and evaluation in the western region, focusing on the analysis of state and district longitudinal databases to address policy questions.
Prior to joining WestEd, Tran was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Riverside, where she worked on a variety of grants related to students with learning disabilities. Her role on these projects varied widely and included field work in classrooms (e.g., administering DIBELS tests to kindergarteners through third graders) and data analysis (e.g., examining data of students who were poor readers or at risk for learning disabilities). She participated in the Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR) conference, taught a graduate-level course in research methods, and prepared manuscripts for publications on research into children at risk for learning disabilities and reading disabilities.
Her meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Response to Intervention (RTI) was published recently in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Previously, she had gained work experience and graduate-level training in statistics and research methodology. Her skills include working with a range of analyses such as hierarchical linear and structural equation modeling. As a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she participated in several research projects examining language minority students by utilizing longitudinal datasets from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten (ECLS-K) and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).