Sara Stacy

Sara T. Stacy

Research Associate

2830 Victory Parkway


CECH Evaluation Services Center - 0175

Professional Summary

As a community psychologist, I use systems thinking and community engagement strategies to promote educational equity and justice. To achieve this goal, I work in partnership with diverse community stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate initiatives to best support youth, families, and communities.Throughout this work, I leverage participatory, qualitative, and mixed methods to meaningfully engage stakeholders in research and evaluation, while studying their implementation and impact of community based interventions.


MA Ecological-Community Psychology: Michigan State University East Lansing, MI, 2018

PhD Ecological-Community Psychology: Michigan State University East Lansing, MI, 2021

BA Psychology: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2015 (Minor in Philosophy)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Crisman, T.L., Acevedo Polakovich, I.D., Al Zoughbi, L.A., Stacy, S.T., Ogdie, S.E., & Obeid, S. (2020. ) The mixed method, open ended volunteer experiences (MOVE) assessment: A process for monitoring the experiences of out of school time volunteers . Afterschool Matters, , 33 ,42-49

Stacy, S. T., Castro, K. M. Acevedo Polakovich, I. D. (2020. ) The cost of youth voices: Comparing the feasibility of Youth GO against focus groups. Journal of Participatory Research Methods, , 1 (1 ) , More Information

Stacy, S. T., Acevedo Polakovich , I. D., Rosewood, J. (2018. ) Youth GO: An approach to gathering youth perspectives in out of school time programs . Afterschool Matters, , 28 ,34-46

Acevedo Polakovich, I. D. Spring, H. E., Stacy, S. T., Nordquist, E. A., Normand, M. M. (2017. ) Engaging Latino fathers into Early Head Start: A review of the literature. Children & Youth Services Review, , 82 ,347-353 More Information

Stacy, S. T., Cartwright, M., Arwood, Z., Canfield, J. P., Kloos, H. (2017. ) Addressing the math-practice gap in elementary school: Are tablets a feasible tool for informal math practice?. Frontiers in Psychology, , 8 (179 ) , More Information

Post Graduate Training and Education

-2021 Graduate Certificate in Urban Education , Michigan State University, ,