About Us

Jessica Sharkness is the Director. Jessica received her A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College in 2003, her M.A. in Social Research Methodology from UCLA in 2007, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education from UCLA in 2012. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Jessica worked for the Cooperative Institutional Research Program and the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.

Stephanie L. Topping is the Associate Director. Stephanie received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in May of 2001 and her M.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in May of 2003. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Stephanie worked as a Senior Consultant at Navigant Consulting, Inc., a specialized independent consulting firm providing construction litigation consulting services to government agencies and legal counsel.

Christina Butler is an Assistant Director. Christina received her B.A. in Computer Science from Clark University in 2006. She also received her M.B.A. from Clark and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Christina worked as an investment analyst at The Rankings Service, an independent financial research firm.

Lauren M. Conoscenti is an Assistant Director. Lauren received her B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University in 2007. She completed a clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Lauren worked as a Health Science Specialist at the Boston VA Research Institute and as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.

Steven F. Babbin is a Research Analyst. Steve received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2009 and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Steve was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Rebecca Hatch is a Research Analyst. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Providence College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. In her graduate work, she studied American politics and social science research methods. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Rebecca worked in the Department of Political Science at Duke as a researcher, instructor, undergraduate honors thesis advisor, and administrator of the department’s subject pool for survey and experimental research.

Emma Morgan is a Research Analyst. Emma received her B.S. in Mathematics from American University in 2012 and her Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2015. Prior to joining the staff at Tufts, Emma interned with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Bunker Hill Community College and was the Program Assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences Peer Advising Program at American University.

Don Smith is a Research Analyst. Don received his B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College in 2009 and his M.A. in Applied Sociology from Boston College in 2013, where he also completed the Carroll School of Management’s program in Cultural Economics. Before joining the department at Tufts, Don was a Brand Ethnographer for CEB Iconoculture and a Market Analyst for an imprint of the Publicis Group.

Lynne Freeman is the Special Projects Administrator. Lynne received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and her MBA from Northeastern University. Before joining the staff at Tufts, Lynne worked at Analog Devices, Inc. in new product development and marketing as a Project Manager. Lynne coordinates Tufts’ responses to internal and external data requests. Lynne also manages the publication and distribution of the Tufts University Fact Book.

01/08/2015 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – The Office of Institutional Research and Evaluation receives a Silver Level Award during The Office of Sustainability Green Office Certification Program Awards Ceremony on January 8, 2015. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)