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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.

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Susan N. Labin, Ph.D.
Vice President

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.

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Robert Bleimann, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Policy

Dr. Robert Bleimann has over 35 years of experience directing and conducting research and evaluation projects for State and Federal clients. Dr. Bleimann's professional experience has focused on outcome and impact evaluation research in human services programs; applied research, policy analysis, and performance measurement; process evaluations, program analysis, and business process analysis (BPA); advanced programming, data analysis, and data mining using SPSS; survey design and implementation, including instrument development and testing; implementation of large-scale field data collections; processing administrative datasets to generate management information; and developing strategic plans for data collections and performance metrics. At Social Dynamics, Dr. Bleimann leads Social Dynamics' Research and Survey Services (RSS) practice area. He works on the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Evaluation and manages data processing and analyses on this and other projects. Dr. Bleimann earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of London, his M.A. in Government from Lehigh University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Muhlenberg College.
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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

Supported Employment

Customized Employment

Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery

Veterans Issues; Particularly Veteran Homelessness and Mental Health

Community Collaborations and Systems Change

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Robert Bartolotta, Ph.D.
Director of Policy and Postsecondary Disability Initiatives

Dr. Robert Bartolotta is an education and disability researcher with an extensive background in special education and the accommodation of adults with disabilities in work force and education/training settings. His experience includes transition services for students with special needs, coordination and monitoring of special education services, and research and service focusing on post-secondary students with disabilities. Dr. Bartolotta is currently the Project Manager for the Disability Employment Initiative and the subject matter lead for Social Dynamics, under contract to Westat for the Pathways to Careers program evaluation. Dr. Bartolotta has also worked in higher education as a professor at the University of Virginia and George Mason University, and as a testing coordinator for students with disabilities at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bartolotta has a B.S. in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.S. in Special Education/Emotional Disturbances from Southern Connecticut State University, and Ph.D. in Special Education, with a focus on transition services for special needs and at-risk youth, from the University of Maryland.
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Barry Goldman
Chief Operating Officer

Barry R. Goldman is a 25-year veteran of small business development, operations, and management and is well versed in both domestic and international sales. As COO of Social Dynamics, Barry oversees contract administration, information technology infrastructure, accounting, human resources, and Federal regulatory compliance. Previously, he served as President of PHB International for 25 years, leading the company's financial and corporate operations team into both domestic and international markets. Mr. Goldman is also a co-founder and served as COO at Apperian, Inc., a mobile application development and information technology company. During his tenure at Apperian, he brought the company into the Federal arena for the first time. Mr. Goldman has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has completed an extensive program in Government Contracting through George Mason University.