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Community conversations about racial equity and college affordability

CSR is hosting two peer organizations as they facilitate open community conversations about racial equity and college affordability at Calvin. Please visit our public engagement site for more details!

Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 02:33 PM
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Women in Leadership National Study (Gender Parity Project)

UPDATE: Christianity Today has a front-page article today (September 22) covering this study, also called the Gender Parity Project. The research team has also issued a press release.

Together with partner scholars Dr. Janel Curry of Gordon College and Dr. Amy Reynolds of Wheaton College, Calvin College is conducting the Women in Leadership National Study through the Center for Social Research. Dr. Reynolds has previewed the results on the “Black, White and Gray” blog at, which triggered later coverage by Christianity Today.

As part of the study, CSR student research assistants have collected data on over 1,400 evangelical organizations selected from the membership of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Accord Network of antipoverty organizations (formerly AERDO). Data sources are public records such as IRS forms 990 and ECFA public profiles, along with research assistants’ best estimates of the gender and race of each employee and board member listed on each organization’s 2010 form 990.

The interactive Tableau visualizations below present the results as of spring 2014.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:29 AM
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A Fond Farewell to CSR Staff and Students

CSR Family Photo

This summer, CSR had to say goodbye to many staff and student researchers as they move onto exciting and new adventures. We are so sad to see them go, but so excited for them and the new journeys they’re embarking on. A big thanks to each and every one of you!

Staff Departures

Kristen Napp
Kristen started at CSR as a student Research Assistant. After graduating from Calvin with a double major in Social Work and Spanish, Kristen worked at CSR as a Research Specialist for another two years. She recently accepted a job and is now working in Grand Rapids for Salvation Army Services as the Data and Evaluation Coordinator.

Traci Montgomery
Beginning as a student research assistant, Traci came to CSR in June 2011. After graduating from Calvin, she worked as a Research Specialist for one year and a Research Associate for her last year. A degree in Mathematics and Geography in hand, Traci is now working in Walker, MI as a Consumer Insights Coordinator for Meijer.


Posted by Kandin Unger on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 08:26 AM
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Welcome to Dr. Laura Luchies


As of June 2, 2014, CSR is pleased and excited to welcome Laura Luchies, PhD to our team as our new Assistant Director. A 2002 Calvin College graduate in psychology, Dr. Luchies has worked in business, earned a PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University, and taught psychology for three years at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario and at Daemen College in Amherst, New York.

Dr. Luchies has an extensive record of presentations and publications focused on the study of romantic relationships. She is the lead author of the article, “Trust and biased memory of transgressions in romantic relationships” in a 2013 volume of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The project involved just the kind of precise, technically complex research design, data management and analysis that CSR seeks to bring to our clients.

As Assistant Director, Dr. Luchies will plan, organize and lead CSR research projects with on- and off-campus clients and provide the CSR student and recent graduate team with the daily guidance needed to do good work. We look forward to introducing her to you this summer, and we plan to invite our whole network to an open house in her honor at the end of the summer when the whole Calvin community reconvenes. You can reach her by calling (616) 526-6241 or sending email to

Click “READ MORE…” to read a brief interview with Dr. Luchies!



Posted by Neil Carlson on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:52 PM
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Dr. Nathan Medeiros-Ward Speaking at Calvin College

We are looking forward to a presentation by Dr. Nathan Medeiros-Ward on Monday, April 7, as the Psychology Department of Calvin College hosts his talk entitled: “An Investigation of Multitasking and Driver Distraction.”

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Dr. Medeiros-Ward served as CSR’s first Research Associate, setting a powerful precedent with his problem-solving skills and energetic, collegial management of students and projects. He was a great team leader for the Kent County Congregations Study (KCCS) project, coordinating a team of 13 student field interviewers and 8 student research assistants in the summer of 2007. Upon his graduation from Calvin College with a B.A. in Psychology and Classics, Nathan moved on to the University of Utah, earning his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2013. While in graduate school, he worked closely with David Lee Strayer, one of the original researchers exploring the impact of cell phone use while driving.

Dr. Medeiros-Ward is now a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he is studying attention and multitasking. Nathan’s research interests focus on the component processes of multitasking using a multifaceted approach that involves traditional behavioral methods, driving simulation, neuroimaging, and training/transfer regimens. He is interested in knowing how shifting and dividing attention are similar and different in various laboratory and real-world contexts, as well as whether or not these abilities can be trained.

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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