Douglas Klayman, Ph.D.
President and founder of Social Dynamics, LLC, Dr. Douglas Klayman is an applied sociologist. He is an experienced evaluation consultant and expert in the design and implementation of national and community-based evaluation studies, CATI surveys, social research studies, program evaluation, and survey training and technical assistance. During the past 25 years, Dr. Klayman has conducted evaluations and analyses of numerous disability employment, special education, homeless, health, and youth services programs, and serves as Project Director and/or Corporate Monitor on all Social Dynamics contracts. In October 2014, Dr. Klayman was appointed to the American Sociological Association Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
In addition to directing the work of Social Dynamics, Dr. Klayman has served as graduate Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor in public sociology at American University. He has taught numerous college courses in such areas as policy analysis and research methods at colleges and universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Dr. Klayman has served as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal Contemporary Sociology, is a member of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociology, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, and has reviewed for the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Research (NIDILR), International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Dr. Klayman holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University with emphases in Applied Sociology and Social Stratification. He has his M.A. in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with concentrations in Research Methodology and Evaluation Research. His B.A. in Sociology is from American University.
Susan N. Labin, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Labin brings over 25 years of research and evaluation experience to Social Dynamics. Her work has focused on improving programs, policies, and the lives of those served. She has a long-standing involvement in workforce practices including identifying financial returns from developing human capital. Dr. Labin has a demonstrated versatility across substantive areas with a specialty in participatory evaluation and evaluation capacity building. She has designed, managed, and conducted multi-million dollar national and local project studies. She is experienced in designing and implementing randomized control trials, as well as quasi-experimental designs. Her methodological specialties include measurement and design for integrated quantitative and qualitative studies. At Social Dynamics, Dr. Labin directs projects, strengthens the evaluation capacity of the company, and develops public and private partnerships. Currently she is the lead on the implementation study for the Demonstration and Evaluation of Short-Time Compensation (STC) Project for the Chief Evaluation Office.
Dr. Labin has expertise in research synthesis, a core methodology for developing evidence-based practice. Additionally, Dr. Labin has conducted over 30 presentations at professional conferences and authored numerous reports and articles, including two recent articles in the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) and an article for the Huffington Post. Her article, A Research Synthesis of the Evaluation Capacity Building Literature, is the 6th most-read article on the AJE Web site. Dr. Labin has also worked at the Federal level at the Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in the Program Evaluation and Methodology Division of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Dr. Labin graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California.
Robert Bleimann, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Policy
Gary Shaheen, MPA
Director of Policy and Practice
For over thirty-five years in the public, private and academic sectors, Gary Shaheen has provided leadership and expertise to improving policies, programs and academic curricula that promote social, civic and economic inclusion of people with disabilities and/or disadvantages. He has contributed to numerous publications, developed teaching and training curricula, conducted training and teaching nationally and internationally and has written toolkits and guidebooks that are widely used in the field to address these issues. He is an expert in training, teaching and project development and evaluation in the following subject matter areas:
Economic, Civic and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Social and Individual Entrepreneurship
Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery
Veterans Issues; Particularly Veteran Homelessness and Mental Health
Community Collaborations and Systems Change