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 34 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.
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.
Gary Shaheen, MPA and ABD
Senior Director for Innovation and Applied Research
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.
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.
Dexter Taylor, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Dr. Dexter Taylor is a Social Psychologist with more than 10 years of experience conducting health-related research and programs. As the Director of Research and Policy at Social Dynamics, LLC, he primarily supports the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) of Rounds 5-7 and Pathways to Careers (PTC) Evaluations. He is dedicated to improving and better understanding programs and services for vulnerable populations, with more than 20 publications and government reports in public health research regarding health disparities, statistical analysis of national epidemiological data, and experimental research in field and laboratory settings. He has developed expertise and experience in public health research and in program implementation, improvement, and evaluation regarding child, adolescent, and minority health and safety. He has a PhD and an MA in Social Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He conducted research and analysis of national and state-level datasets to determine leading causes of childhood injury fatalities and related gender, racial, and geographic disparities. Through the Children’s Safety Network, he disseminated findings to state Maternal and Child Health Departments across the country to promote increased investment in childhood injury prevention. While at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) he was the Principal Investigator of an Indian Health Service (IHS) project (subcontract with Econometrica, Inc.) where he managed monitoring, assistance, and guidance efforts for child, adult and elderly injury prevention coordinators across six tribal communities.
Dr. Taylor implemented an injury prevention program for Quechan, CRIT (Colorado River Indian Tribe), Havasupai, and Hualapai communities; and in Wisconsin with the Oneida and Menominee tribes. Dr. Taylor also worked with the Kiowa Tribe and Kaw Nation in Oklahoma and the Tule River and California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) in their injury prevention efforts and program evaluation workshops.
As Co-Investigator of a National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant examining the psychology behind minority health behaviors when faced with disparity-focused health communications, he coauthored the first-of-its-kind scale that measures an African American’s fear of confirming a poor health stereotype when visiting a doctor for health screenings and routine exams, the Health-Related Stereotype Threat scale. Through a survey with more than 250 African American participants, he and his colleagues demonstrated an association between screening service delays and fear of confirming a negative health stereotype among African Americans.
Cori DiBiase, B.A.
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Prior to joining Social Dynamics LLC as its Director of Training and Technical Assistance, and after beginning his career in sales and marketing in the information technology sector, Cori DiBiase has spent more than fifteen years in the disability employment field. Much of his career has consisted of drafting and delivering messaging in various formats to stakeholders in workforce development and disability advocacy, including service providers, employers, policy-makers, community members and indivi duals with disabilities and their families.
With Community Options, Inc., Mr. DiBiase worked to connect job seekers with disabilities to employers for high-skill internships and permanent career positions. He managed the efforts of a Business Advisory Council that provided guidance on the local information technology industry, including how to develop materials and messaging that spoke to the needs and priorities of the industry in the local area. With the Institute for Community Inclusion, Mr. DiBiase crafted training and technical assistance materials directed toward American Job Centers, service providers and policy-makers, under the ODEP-funded National Center on Workforce and Disability for Adults. With the National Organization on Disability, Mr. DiBiase helped design and implement the Bridges to Business program to enlist major corporations in campaigns to increase their hiring of people with disabilities, and then match local offices of those companies to sources of the talent they required to grow. Finally, as the Principal of the Aperio Consulting Group, Mr. DiBiase directed all of the company’s communications for the purposes of development, contract fulfillment and crafting and representing the company’s overall direction. Mr. DiBiase is the author of the award-winning novel These Can’t Be Choices, and lives in Montana with his wife and daughter.
Management Consultant (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 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.
Document Specialist/Sr. Administrative Assistant
Michelle Larijani is a Document Specialist/Sr. Administrative Assistant at Social Dynamics LLC. Ms. Larijani has more than 20 years of experience in the health communications field, including development of online and print materials, marketing, and market research, and evaluation of communications activities. She has more than ten years of training and development experience in all facets of managing a fulfillment database from customer service, database maintenance and marketing. She has experience in database design, graphic/editorial experience with knowledge of all phases of publication production. In her past position, provided desk-top publishing support for federal treatment guidelines, creation of monthly and annual reports, and consumer fact sheets in English and Spanish. With over 14 years of experience with Section 508 Accessibility guidelines; development of compliant HTML Web pages and PDFs; MS Office (PowerPoint, MSword, Excel), InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXpress, PageMaker; and HHS 508 compliant checklist to assess and review compliance. Qualified for: Graphic design, document layout, 508-compliance.