Sara Stacy

Sara T. Stacy , PhD

Research Associate

Professional Summary

Dr. Sara T. Stacy is a Research Associate at the Evaluation Services Center (ESC) in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. In 2021, she joined the Center where she leads and supports a diverse array of evaluation and research projects, primarily focused on supporting education and community-based systems. To each project, she brings her training and background in community psychology, which enables her to work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate initiatives to best support youth, adults, families, and communities. She has experience using and developing participatory, qualitative, mixed methods that meaningfully engage stakeholders in research and evaluation projects within diverse settings including school districs, higher education, non-profit organizations, and other health and human service agencies. Through all her work, she maintains a commitment and emphasis toward practices that promote holistic educational equity and justice. 


Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology: Michigan State University 2021

M.A. in Ecological-Community Psychology: Michigan State University 2018

B.A. in Psychology: University of Cincinnati 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

Wu, J., Sherida, A., Stacy, S. T., Weiss, J., Heintschel, M. (2022. ) Maximizing youth leadership in out-of-school time programs: Six best practices from the Youth-Driven Spaces project .Journal of Youth Development, ,

Post Graduate Training and Education

-2021 Graduate Certificate in Urban Education, Michigan State University, , East Lansing, MI