A Little about me

My main interest is in the use of program evaluation approaches to study and improve programs for health, human services, and educational organizations. Over the last 20 years I have led a wide variety of grant funded research and evaluation studies. I have worked as evaluator or research partner on projects funded by federal, state and local governments as well as foundations implemented in Florida and throughout the country. I love talking with people about their evaluation projects.

I received my Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained my M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. I completed my clinical internship at Nova Southeastern University Community Mental Health Center in neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, and adult and child psychotherapy. Additionally, I did my postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric behavioral medicine at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center. I also completed a Family Therapy Externship at the Center for Family Studies at the University of Miami.

Currently, I am an Associate Professor at the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University where I focus on implementing program evaluation and research projects, teaching courses, and supervising students. The courses I teach and develop are primarily in the areas of program evaluation, research methods, program design, and statistics. I am a licensed psychologist in Florida and an active member of the American Evaluation Association. I enjoy hiking and the outdoors and do a backcountry backpacking trip (or two) every year.


Funded by the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Role and Description: Principal Investigator, conduct program evaluation of physical activity and nutrition education school-based project. Responsibilities: Evaluation activities include assistance with program design and logic model revision. Activities also relate to outcome evaluation and include identification and development of data sources, quantitative data collection and analysis, interpretation, data visualization, and reporting.

Funded by the Americans For the Arts (AFTA) program with the National Endowment for the Arts. Role and Description: Principal evaluator, conducted program evaluation of creative arts therapy project with military personnel, veterans and their families. Responsibilities: Evaluation activities included development of program logic model, evaluation plan, and creation and deployments of surveys. Activities also relate to process and outcome evaluation and include identification and development of data sources, quantitative data collection and analysis, interpretation, data visualization, and reporting.

Funded by the Department of Children and Families’ Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH). Role and Description: Initiated a behavioral health workforce survey project focusing on non-medical mental health and substance use prevention and treatment providers. The purpose of the survey was to examine workforce issues for behavioral health providers and to identify specific training needs. Furthermore, it was completed to gain insight into work competencies, supervision, job retention and satisfaction, and knowledge, attitudes and practices related to opioid use disorder and medication-assisted treatment.
Worked in conjunction with Florida Certification Board (FCB) to develop and conduct the survey. In addition, conducted data analyses and developed final report.

Funded by the CDC. Role and Description: Program evaluator focused on the assessment of the feasibility and impact of integrating developmental monitoring using Learn the Signs. Act Early. in Early Head Start settings, which will include evaluating impact on developmental screening practices and other outcomes, and evaluation of the impact of two children’s books designed to help parents learn about and adopt developmental monitoring and concurrent formative research to support the development of a third book. Responsibilities: Developed evaluation plan, created and tested survey instruments, developed focus group and interview protocol, and will analyze quantitative and qualitative data and report findings.

Funded by Legal Aid Service of
Broward County through the Florida Bar Foundation. Role and Description: CoInvestigator, primary goal to evaluate the pilot of a Restorative Justice project for children/families in the dependency system in Broward County. Responsibilities: Evaluation activities included assistance with program design and logic model development. Activities also relate to outcome evaluation and will include identification and development of data sources (e.g., court data, surveys) data collection and analysis, interpretation, data visualization, and reporting.


Walker, L. E., Pann, J., Shapiro, D., & Van Hasselt, V., B. (2015). Best Practices Model for Intervention with the Mentally Ill in the Broward County Criminal Justice System. In V. B., Van Hasselt (Ed.), Springer Briefs in Behavioral Criminology. New York, NY: Springer.

Kesner, M., & Pann, J. (2020). Healing the Wounded Healer? A Survey of Jewish and Protestant Correctional Chaplains. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Advancing Theory and Professional Practice through Scholarly and Reflective Publications, 74(3), 189–195. https://doi.org/10.1177/1542305020933145

Calfa, C. J., Wilkinson, J. G., Williams, M. M., Pann, J. M., Yehl, A., Hoogenbergen, S. E., & Ivory, A. D. (2015). Abstract P1-17-03: Impact of a culturally syntonic door-to-door breast cancer early detection intervention. Poster Session Abstracts. Published. https://doi.org/10.1158/1538-7445.sabcs14-p1-17-03

Pann, J., Yehl, A., Wood, P., Schoepp, J., Solomon, G., and Enders, C. (2013). Implementation and Evaluation of a Multidimensional Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Funded by a Community Health Foundation. The Foundation Review, 5(4), 62-77.

Kanzki-Veloso, E., Yehl, A., Pann, J. M., Connolly, J., Grabner, S., Zoller, L., Staley, N., and Goldhagen, R (2021, in press). Returning Veterans’ Experiences of a Holistic Therapeutic Program, The Qualitative Report.

Pann, J. M. (1999). The effects of an adventure education intervention of self -concept and verbal academic achievement in inner -city adolescents (Publication No. 9948781) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Miami]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.