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 35 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. Dr. Klayman serves on the American Sociological Association Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Dr. Klayman has also worked with American Indian and Alaskan Native communities on evaluation and research studies in the areas of early childhood education and disability employment. He has conducted studies on Migrant and Tribal Head Start programs that included site visit interviews, focus groups and statistical analyses of program outcomes. For the past 8 years, through the 37 state Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) he is leading a mixed methods evaluation in several states. 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.
Dr. Susan Labin brings over 30 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.
Gary Shaheen, MPA and Ph.D.
Senior Director for Innovation and Applied Research
For over 37 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.
As a Trainer/Technical Assistance expert Mr. Shaheen wrote and co-directed an Administration for Native Americans Social and Economic Development (SEDS) project to improve micro-entrepreneurship for people with mental illnesses in American Samoa. This effort included the provision of remote and on-site training and technical assistance on small business incubation.
As Senior Director for Innovation and Applied Research, Gary Shaheen manages national training and technical assistance projects and conducts empirical research on civic, social and workforce inclusion for people with disabilities and/or disadvantages. In 2015-2016, Gary led a national cadre of subject matter experts (SMEs) in producing new training materials and resources on Customized Employment for staff of American Job Centers and USDOL-ODEP and ETA funded Disability Employment Initiatives (DEIs). He also co-directs, conducts research and creates issues briefs in support of a national evaluation of ODEP’s Employment First initiative, now underway in over 20 states.
Gary is also a member of Social Dynamics’ research team that conducts research on the efforts of 12 states implementing DEIs with the goal of improving access and use of American Job Center services for people with disabilities. He is lead evaluator of an ODEP sponsored community college-based project to test and demonstrate new methods for improving post-secondary education and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. He also continues his work on entrepreneurship and as mentor and consultant to Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities social entrepreneurs, and as a thought leader, consultant and instructor on social entrepreneurship, veteran homelessness and the use of Customized and Supported Employment evidence based practice.
Gary is an expert in training, technical assistance, 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; Veteran Homelessness and Mental Health; Community Collaborations and Systems Change. Representative projects include: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities; DHHS project to improve employment for people with mental illnesses in Saipan, Marshall Islands, Guam and Palau; ANA SEDS to improve micro-entrepreneurship for people with mental illnesses in American Samoa.
Aaron Searson, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Data Analysis
Mr. Aaron Searson has fifteen years of mixed-methods research experience impacting the social sector, particularly for disadvantaged urban populations. As Research Associate at Social Dynamics, LLC, he supports the Disability Employment Initiative Evaluation of Rounds 5-6 and the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program Evaluation. Mr. Searson has led multiple independent and collaborative studies, focusing on the youth-to-work transition and public education improvement.
At the Philadelphia Youth Network, Mr. Searson led the evaluation Successful School-Based Partnerships: What Does it Take? in the School District of Philadelphia. He also conducted an independent study exploring regional expansion of the advanced manufacturing pipeline. Mr. Searson disseminated best practices regarding post-secondary pathways and alternative education to the mayor’s office and the field. He developed several data collection tools and evaluation plans for local implementation and beyond, including for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent youth workforce development system.
Mr. Searson led coordination and data collection of the Early Reading Study, a multi-state Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) impact evaluation of the Children’s Literacy Initiative’s model classroom coaching and professional development program. With the Out-of-School Time Resource Center, Mr. Searson completed an independent study to advise on improving transportation access for under-resourced Philadelphia youth interested in non-traditional, sports-based youth development programs. With the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware, Mr. Searson crafted a statewide model for centralized intake of homelessness assistance, and built a comprehensive Salesforce database of Delaware county housing plans to be used for statewide planning.
Mr. Searson also contributed to seminal research on historical redlining in Philadelphia. He has designed and coordinated urban youth and community development programming, including as an AmeriCorps member, as well as educational programs. Mr. Searson served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in leadership development, sustainable environments, and race, class, and gender in urban society. He has produced multiple academic and professional presentations and publications, including a book review in the Journal of Urban Affairs. Mr. Searson holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Delaware, an MA in Urban Studies from Temple University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Business and Finance
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 30 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.