Our Affiliates

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(B.S.B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is currently the Director of Camps in the Department of Athletics and the Director of the Ohio State LiFE Sports Program.  He has overseen NYSP/LiFE Sports since 2007. He is dedicated to providing a great experience to people of all ages through sport. He enjoys helping students excel at developing into great people, and to become effective members of society. He accomplishes this through his work in athletics, the LiFE Sports Program, and in the classroom.



Paul Flaspohler

(B.A., Xavier University, Ph.D., University of South Carolina) is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Miami University (of Ohio) and the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs.  Dr. Flaspohler has a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed his internship at the Consultation Center at the Yale School of Medicine.  In 2001, he was co-recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s President’s Prize for Innovation in Evaluation based on his work developing an accountability system for South Carolina’s First Steps to School Readiness initiative. In addition to applied research in community development and program evaluation, Dr. Flaspohler assists schools and communities with identifying needs and developing solutions for community problems.  He teaches courses in Clinical and Community Psychology, Consultation, and Program Evaluation.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he taught Mathematics, English, and Science to high school students in the West African countries of Ghana and Liberia.

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(B.U.S., Middle Tennessee State University, M.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Ph.D., Florida State University) is currently the Senior Researcher of Methodology and Statistics at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at The Ohio State University.  Her program of research is centered on the application of complex statistical techniques to questions in children’s development, with a particular focus on early childhood, reading, and academic skills. Her analytic expertise includes random effects or hierarchical linear modeling, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, latent class analysis, structural equation modeling, hierarchical and latent growth modeling, and quantile regression.



Elizabeth MellinElizabeth Mellin

(Ph.D., Ohio University; M.Ed. & B.A., Auburn University) is the Director of the interdisciplinary Community and Public Affairs PhD program at Binghamton University. Her scholarly interests focus on exploring the role of community in promoting mental health among youth including: (a) multiparty collaborations; (b) expanded school mental health; and (c) youth voice in school mental health promotion. Dr. Mellin’s research, which is grounded in ecological and social capital theories and emphasizes mixed methods approaches (e.g., interviews, instrument development, social network analysis), focuses on understanding how communities support positive youth development. She is also involved in engaged research focused on building school and community capacity for mental health prevention, early intervention, and intervention among youth.