Michele is a program evaluator and health services researcher with considerable experience in the design and implementation of community-based studies of social and health-related issues. She has a particular interest in identifying and measuring social and cultural factors that impact health and well-being, and in studying the outcomes of interventions designed to increase kindness and/or compassion.
Michele leads the Community Research, Evaluation & Development (CRED) team at the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families in the UA’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She and her team work together with community partners to examine a wide range of topics that affect children and families across Arizona. CRED are currently partnering with Ben’s Bells, a non-profit based in Tucson, to evaluate Kind Campus, their school-based kindness education program.
Michele received her Ph.D. in Program Evaluation and Research Methodology, and in Developmental Psychology, from the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. She was also a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, England. She has served as the Director of the Health Services Research Center at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and as Visiting Professor at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where she taught courses in program evaluation and applied social measurement.